In response to severe flooding and spring storms in Texas and Oklahoma, the American Red Cross organized an observation trip for Annual Disaster Giving Program members to see the impact of their donations during a disaster.
As members of the Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP), FedEx Corporation, Lowe’s Companies, Inc., Mazda North American Operations and Southwest Airlines joined employees and volunteers in Texas to see their donation in action. They had the opportunity to distribute meals from emergency response vehicles in affected communities, observe the Red Cross, community organizations and government agencies coming together at a multi-agency resource center, and learn about response operations at the Disaster Command Center.
“This trip helped me understand how disaster response happens on the ground,” said Sally Harbeson, manager of Community Outreach with Southwest Airlines. “I now have a better appreciation of how the Red Cross works with other partner organizations, how in-kind gifts are used and how to navigate complex distribution logistics.”
The donor trip also illustrated the extensive network of volunteers and resources it takes to run a disaster relief operation. More than 2,800 Red Cross workers have helped the Red Cross serve nearly 311,000 meals and snacks, distribute nearly 174,000 relief supplies and provide more than 3,500 shelter stays in Texas and Oklahoma. These Red Cross workers are also providing health services such as replacing lost eyeglasses and medications, and providing emotional support to those affected.
FedEx Corporate Contributions & Volunteers Manager Tabatha Stephens said, “It was humbling to see the great work the Red Cross does under the most difficult circumstances. And it made me very proud to contribute, even in a small way, to helping people rebuild their lives after a crisis.”
With the threat of more rain on the horizon, the Red Cross is still on the job, prepared to provide more help, and it wouldn’t be possible without the support of corporate partners. The generous, proactive gifts made by our Annual Disaster Giving Program members ensure the Red Cross has the ability to respond at a moment’s notice.
Learn more about the critical role our Annual Disaster Giving Program members play in responding to disasters.