AT&T has presented a $15,000 check to the American Red Cross of Southwest Georgia to support Disaster Relief following the recent tornadoes that swept through the South. The contribution will help the Red Cross provide food, emergency shelter, relief supplies and comfort to those affected by disasters big and small.
Reports indicate more than 3,700 homes have been affected across Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Florida. Over 145 people in Georgia and Mississippi are still seeking refuge in Red Cross and community shelters. In Georgia and Mississippi, Red Cross and community partners have served over 80,000 meals and snacks, distributed over 28,000 relief items.
“Much like the men and women of AT&T are tireless in their efforts to serve the communities where they work and live, the American Red Cross was quickly on the ground in the impacted areas, and we are proud to stand with them as we respond to these tornadoes and restore communities across South Georgia,” said Bill Leahy, president, AT&T Georgia.
Each year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters down the street and across the country including home fires, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes and wildfires.
"The generosity of companies like AT&T especially during the height of winter storm season, is of tremendous help to the American Red Cross, said Andy Brubaker, Executive Director, American Red Cross Southwest Georgia. “We are stretched thin this time of year as we continue our work to provide victims of the storms and local disasters with emergency food, clothing, shelter, and other necessities.”
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.