Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield presented a $5,000 check to the city of Pine Bluff to help repair two public areas affected by the recent flooding along the Arkansas River — Regional Park and Saracen Landing.


Rebecca Pittillo, regional executive for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, presented the check July 3 to Pine Bluff City Council member Winn Trafford, according to a news release.


“Arkansas Blue Cross is doing several things to assist the individual victims of the recent flooding,” said Curtis Barnett, president and chief executive officer for Arkansas Blue Cross. “But we also wanted to assist the cities that were so deeply affected.”


Pine Bluff is one of eight cities receiving financial support for the cleanup effort. Arkansas Blue Cross also is donating $5,000 to the mayor’s office or city government at Conway, Dardanelle, Fort Smith, Little Rock, Morrilton, North Little Rock and Van Buren.


In addition, the agency is also collecting equipment and supplies for the cleanup and assisting flood victims in obtaining needed medications.


“Arkansas Blue Cross employees have personally donated more than $11,000 to the American Red Cross, and that amount will be matched by the company. A check for more than $22,000 will be presented to the American Red Cross in July,” according to the release.


“The well-being of the people of our state is our primary focus,” Barnett said. “So when we see a natural disaster of this magnitude, the natural instinct of our company and our employees is to reach out and assist our friends and neighbors in their time of need. I am particularly proud of our employees’ response. It shows their compassion and their deep commitment to the people and communities we serve.”