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NEW ORLEANS — Through its Hope, Understanding, Giving and Support (HUGS) Program, Adams and Reese’s corporate philanthropy program established in 1988, the firm has undertaken efforts to provide meals for first-line health care heroes, led by New Orleans attorney Chris Kane

On April 1, the firm hosted a HUGS Dress-Down Day where team members from across the firm’s Southeast regional footprint dressed down at home and sent in creative photos of themselves, which were shared on the firm’s social media pages. In turn, the HUGS program collected nearly $25,000 in donations for the dress-down day, money that is being used to provide meals for health care and emergency medical professionals in each of the cities in which Adams and Reese operates.

As a showing of support, the HUGS program worked closely with Adams and Reese’s clients and vendors such as restaurants and caterers to provide these meals. This outreach program was designed not only to support health care heroes, as well as restaurants, caterers and others in the community who could use a boost during this time.

The firm has facilitated the delivery of meals to hospitals and first responders, with around 2,000 meals total expected to be delivered.

In New Orleans, Adams and Reese has also dedicated support to a new program, L.I.G.H.T. (Lawyers’ Initiative Giving Hospitals Thanks), which has raised more than $100,000 to feed frontline healthcare workers and support New Orleans’s food and music industries. This is a partnership between law firms and the Krewe of Red Beans’ Feed the Frontline NOLA project to turn money into meals, with donations resulting in thousands of meals provided to health care workers in area hospitals. Out-of-work musicians serve as delivery drivers.