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Ready 365 Corporate Partners Named

Each day, the American Red Cross helps people facing emergencies. It provides food and lodging for the family whose home was destroyed by fire. It helps communities devastated by disasters. It helps a deployed soldier get home for the birth of a child. It provides blood to the child battling cancer.

Since 1881, the Red Cross has prevented and relieved suffering one day at a time, one person at a time. Wherever they were, whatever their need, they knew the American Red Cross was ready to help 365 days a year.

None of this would be possible without the support and generosity of the supporters of the Red Cross, especially those corporations enrolled in the Ready 365 Giving Program. Members of the Program value the local impact and global reach of the Red Cross and they want to make a difference, to help save lives and help people 365 days a year.

While the Red Cross benefits from the unrestricted donations for general disaster relief made by Program members, they also benefit. For instance there is CPR training; Be Red Cross Ready training, blood donation drives for employees of program members.

Program members help the Red Cross each day in the Kansas City region respond to 700 disasters; collect nearly 12,000 pints of blood; empower 24,000 area residents and employees with lifesaving courses, such as First Aid/CPR, Water Safety and Babysitting training and assist 1,500 military members, their families and veterans.

There are different levels of Ready 365 Giving Program and each is vital to the continued success of the Red Cross.

PLATINUM, minimum donation $50,000: Farmers Insurance.

GOLD, minimum donation $25,000: CBIZ/Mayer Hoffmann McCann; Hallmark Cards; Husch Blackwell LLP; Lockton Companies; Massman Construction Co.; Price Chopper and Victor E. Speas Foundation.

SILVER, minimum donation $10,000: AMC Entertainment; American Century Companies; Americo Life, Inc.; Austin Hardware & Supply, Inc.; Black & Veach; BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas City; DST Systems; KC Life Insurance; Laclede Gas Energy; QC Holdings; State Farm; Sterneck Capital Management and Stinson, Morrison, Hecker, LLP.

BRONZE, minimum donation $5,000: Anderson Ford of St. Joseph; Capitol Federal; Cassidy Turley; Country Club Bank; Entertainment Properties Trust; Henderson Engineers, Inc.; IBEW Local Union 124; Kansas City Chiefs; Liberty Mutual Insurance; Popham Law Firm; Trozzolo Communications Group and Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc.

Additionally, Sprint is a member of the ANNUAL DISASTER GIVING PROGRAM, with a threshold of $500,000 and H&R Block is a member of the DISASTER RESPONDER PROGRAM with a threshold of $250,000.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 join our blog at