Standing from left: Rescue Mission residents Roland Alexander and Mark Limato, CEO Mary Gay Abbott-Young, Frontier Senior Vice President Daniel Shurz and Mercer County Transportation Director Aaron T. WatsonFull size photo

Standing from left: Rescue Mission residents Roland Alexander and Mark Limato, CEO Mary Gay Abbott-Young, Frontier Senior Vice President Daniel Shurz and Mercer County Transportation Director Aaron T. Watson

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TRENTON, N.J. - Mercer County’s newest corporate neighbor marked its arrival in the region by helping a community organization that helps people in need.

Frontier Airlines presented the Rescue Mission of Trenton, which operates an emergency shelter and a thrift store, with a check for $10,000 today at Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN) in Ewing, where the Denver-based airline announced it is expanding nonstop service to four new markets. Frontier will begin operating from TTN on Friday with nonstop service to Orlando, Fla.

On Oct. 29, Hurricane Sandy’s ferocious winds ripped the roof off the Rescue Mission’s 80,000-square-foot warehouse facility on Carroll Street, sending debris everywhere. The Rescue Mission, led by CEO Mary Gay Abbott-Young with the help of staff and clients, continued to operate through the crisis, making room for residents and salvaging whatever food and furnishings it could.

“Mary Gay Abbott-Young and the Rescue Mission are a symbol of the strength of this community, and Mercer County is truly a better place because of neighbors like them,” said Aaron T. Watson, director of the Mercer County Department of Transportation and Infrastructure.

Ms. Abbott-Young was there to accept the check from Daniel Shurz, Frontier’s senior vice president, commercial. After thanking Frontier, she saluted the Rescue Mission’s residents as well as local nonprofits and county government for helping the facility survive the storm.

“My experience through the storm – what I remember of it – is truly this: that I live in a great community,” she said. “And to have the icing on the cake be a check like this – how do you make something so negative be a positive, but thank you all.”

Shurz called the donation “just a small indication that we understand the communities we serve face challenges.”

“We want to be a good partner in the communities we serve,” he said. “We’re a corporate partner but we’re human, and we know that this community has gone through a lot.”