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Red Cross Chapters Receive $100,000 Grant from The Mosaic Company

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L-R: Richard Ghent, Linda Carbone, Bo Davis, Martha Monfried, Ann Marie Welty, Diana Youmans.

The funding will help make sure the Red Cross is prepared to respond compassionately, responsibly and effectively to community emergencies. It strengthens the preparedness of our entire population; and most importantly, it saves lives.

The American Red Cross today announced that it received a $100,000 grant from The Mosaic Company to support the Red Cross “Prepare Florida” campaign. Red Cross and Mosaic have partnered since 2004 when the company was formed and the region was devastated by four hurricanes.

“Prepare Florida” is a landmark statewide campaign that will mobilize communities to be better prepared in the face of disaster. This investment in community-based preparedness will empower people to take action before disasters strike and build Red Cross’ capacity to train and respond. Red Cross chapters throughout Florida will train communities to be prepared and engage more people as the Red Cross increases both the tools and training that are needed to meet any disaster Floridians may experience.

The partnership between Mosaic and the Red Cross has steadily increased over the years, and this year’s grant continues to help the local Red Cross chapters in Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota and Polk counties provide emergency services such as hurricane and fire relief and health and safety services for victims.

“As a company we are dedicated to supporting the local communities in which we live and operate,” said Gary N. “Bo” Davis, Mosaic Senior Vice President of Phosphate Operations. “Having a strong Red Cross is critical to this area of Florida particularly with the summer weather patterns that have the potential to impact people’s lives. We’re pleased to be able to help the Red Cross deliver public safety, crisis preparedness, and quick response services to people in need during hurricanes and throughout the year.”

“This donation is crucial for the region, especially during hurricane season,” said Linda Carbone, Chief Executive Officer for Florida’s West Coast Region of the Red Cross. “The funding will help make sure the Red Cross is prepared to respond compassionately, responsibly and effectively to community emergencies. It strengthens the preparedness of our entire population; and most importantly, it saves lives.”

Since 1881, The American Red Cross has worked to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies, by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. For nearly 100 years, families and individuals in Florida have been turning to the Red Cross for safety, comfort and hope.

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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