(Houston, TX - May 23 2016) - The American Red Cross has announced that BB&T Bank has made critical disaster relief grant of $50,000 in response to the devasting storms and flooding that pummeled Texas last month. Their donation comes as Houston residents are still recovering from those floods and preparign for Hurrican Season to begin on June 1.
"Our heartfelt thoughts go out to the people affected by the Houston area floods," said Bill Toomey, President, Houston and Central Texas Region, BB&T. "We have made a strong investment in Houston and our people care about the community, We hope our contribution will help the Red Cross continue to serve those in need."
BB&T is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S., with 123 branches in Texas - 23 of which are located in the Greater Houston area. The contribution to Red Cross Disaster Relief reinforces the company's giving philosophy of supporting the good work of charitable organizations and building stronger and more vital communities.
More than 4,500 homes were impacted by the April storms and floods. The Red Cross and its partners immediately responded and as of early May, more than 2,300 volunteers had provided 1,690 overnight shelter stays, served 107,000 meals and snacks, distributed 235,000 relief items, made 2,400 mental health contacts and 3,6000 health services contact and opened 3,8000 cases to help people begin the recovery process.
"Response to, and recovery from such a wide-scale, devastating situation like the recent Houston floods requires the commitment of many" said Steve Vetrano, Regional CEO, American Red Cross of the Texas Gulf Coast. "Because of the commitment of generous donors like BB&T, we can help our city recover, prepare for future storms and be there when we're needed the most."
About the 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.