GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., August 6, 2014 — The American Red Cross is pleased to announce that Meijer has donated $500,000 to support Red Cross disaster relief efforts.
“The American Red Cross is very appreciative of Meijer’s generous gift,” said Sam Tidwell, Regional CEO for the American Red Cross of West Michigan. “We’ve seen our own disaster in West Michigan recently with the tornado in Kentwood and Wyoming, and we’re fortunate to have partners like Meijer who graciously support our relief efforts on so many levels.”
Partnerships with local emergency agencies, nonprofits, and committed financial partners like Meijer provide the crucial support that makes it possible for the Red Cross to deliver its services at no cost to the public.
“Meijer understands how important it is to support the communities where our customers and team members work and live, and this includes giving in advance of disaster striking,” Meijer Co-Chairman Doug Meijer said. “When disaster strikes, time makes all the difference, and we are pleased to partner with the American Red Cross of West Michigan – an organization that does so much good for those in our community when they need it most.”
The American Red Cross responds to a disaster every 8 minutes. In the aftermath of last month’s tornado in Kentwood and Wyoming, the Red Cross provided the community with 161 meals, 1,269 snacks, 134 clean-up kits, 113 comfort kits, and 101 overnight stays at the shelter. Nearly 70 volunteers from Red Cross chapters across West Michigan assisted in the relief efforts
For more information on how to give, get trained or get involved with the American Red Cross, visit: redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.