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American Red Cross Thanks Partners & Donors for Assistance During Tornado Response

When disaster strikes, hundreds of people and businesses step up to the plate to help...

The American Red Cross would like to recognize and thank all of the community partners and in-kind donors in the state of Michigan who responded to the needs of our community in the aftermath of last week’s tornado.

Thank you to our sheltering and distribution site partners who generously made their facilities available to the American Red Cross and those in need of a safe place to stay. These facilities stayed opened for several consecutive days following the storm to make sure our community was fed and sheltered:

  • Kentwood Activities Center
  • Ideal Park Christian Reformed Church
  • In addition, the Red Cross would like to thank the following organizations and businesses for their partnership and in-kind support of the continuing disaster relief efforts:

  • B&G Discount
  • China City Restaurant
  • Family Fare
  • First Wok Restaurant
  • Gordon Food Service
  • Home Depot
  • Jets Pizza
  • Jimmy John’s
  • Marge’s Donut Den
  • Meijer
  • New Beginnings Restaurant
  • Pizza Hut
  • Rowland Warehouse Distributors
  • Zesty Gyros & Deli
  • The Salvation Army
  • City of Wyoming Public Safety
  • City of Kentwood Public Safety
  • Kent County Emergency Management
  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Lutheran Social Services
  • Grand Rapids International Fellowship
  • Life EMS
  • Kent County 2-1-1
  • “When disaster strikes, hundreds of people and businesses step up to the plate to help,” said Sam Tidwell, Regional CEO of the Red Cross of West Michigan. “We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of these businesses, organizations, and individuals who made significant efforts to help not only people affected by the tornado but also the Red Cross and its volunteers.”

    Since the tornado on July 6th, the Red Cross has 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 have assisted in the relief efforts.

    You can help people affected by disasters like floods, fires, tornadoes, and hurricanes by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. To make a financial contribution, visit, text REDCROSS to 90999, 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.