The American Red Cross announced that they have recently received at $500,000 donation from BMW Group to support flood relief efforts in South Carolina. BMW also contributed 900 cases of water and a truckload of relief supplies to support the Red Cross disaster response. “Knowing that the need will not go away soon and that support will be needed even after the acute emergency has passed, BMW is making a donation to the South Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross to further support the relief effort, said Harald Krueger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW Group.
“We want to thank everyone at BMW Group for their incredible support of the Red Cross and the people of South Carolina,” said Louise Welch Williams, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region.
“As South Carolina faced great adversity with such severe weather, BMW applauds how well the community, its leadership and its citizens, came together to overcome such harsh conditions,” said Manfred Erlacher, President and CEO, BMW Manufacturing Co. “BMW faithfully supports the relief efforts of the America Red Cross to provide much-needed assistance following the historic flooding in the state.”
“Thanks to the generosity of companies like BMW, our volunteers were there to provide those impacted with shelter, food, water and comfort. We will continue to be there to support families on the long road to recovery,” said Ann Wright, Executive Director of the Upstate Red Cross.
Volunteers from the American Red Cross and many community groups continue to provide comfort and hope in South Carolina weeks after devastating flooding uprooted lives and destroyed homes. Volunteer caseworkers are meeting one-on-one with people to create long-term recovery plans, navigate paperwork and connect them with resources. The Red Cross is working closely with emergency officials, local communities and residents to make sure we’re providing the right kind of resources and support.
Since the storm began, the Red Cross has mobilized a workforce of more than 1,700 volunteers and 45 emergency response vehicles that have provided over 4,700 overnight shelter stays, served more than 154,000 meals and snacks, distributed over 181,000 relief items including comfort kits, tarps and clean up kits, and almost 7,000 health and mental health services.