International Paper has authorized a critical community need disaster relief grant to the American Red Cross in response to the recent flooding in Louisiana. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., the global packaging and paper company has 9 facilities in Louisiana with 2,000 employees throughout the state. In addition to the $500,000 grant, IP’s Industrial Packaging business has donated more than 50,000 boxes to local food banks and church groups to expedite the distribution of items to those hardest hit by the flooding.
"Ensuring the safety of our employees and the welfare of the communities where we live and work is the most important thing we do as a company," said Mark Sutton, Chairman & CEO, International Paper. "We appreciate the assistance the state has provided during this crisis to 2,000 IP employees who call Louisiana home. We hope these contributions help provide relief to the many families who have been impacted."
The American Red Cross is working day and night to help people across the south after the devastating flooding left thousands of people without a place to stay. Red Cross workers are continuing to help families stay safe and dry by serving meals, delivering supplies, providing direct assistance and giving emotional support to disaster-affected residents in communities across the state.
The damage is widespread, affecting more than half of Louisiana’s 64 parishes; flooding in some areas continues to restrict access. Since the flooding began in Louisiana, about 600 Red Cross workers have provided 2,500 overnight stays in 30 shelters, served 134,600 meals and snacks, and distributed 32,450 relief items including comfort kits and cleaning supplies. Health services workers are helping with lost medications, eyeglasses, durable medical equipment and minor first aid needs. Mental health services workers are providing emotional support during this difficult time. Red Cross volunteers have made more than 2,200 health and mental health contacts.
“The flood fight in the South is far from over, with rivers still flooding in Louisiana. Even as the waters recede, these floods continue to have a devastating impact on the lives of people across the states of Louisiana," said Brad Kieserman, vice president of disaster cycle services operations and logistics. "In the midst of our response, I wanted to take a moment to thank International Paper for their generous support of the American Red Cross. Because of partners like International Paper, we’re able to be there in the aftermath of these floods as well as continue our support of those facing countless other disasters across the country.”
For more information about Red Cross Relief efforts, visit www.redcross.org.
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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.