(Houston, TX – Thursday, April 21, 2016) —The American Red Cross today announced that Phillips 66 has made a critical disaster relief grant of $500,000 in response to this week’s devastating storms and flooding in Houston. Their donation to the Texas Floods coincides with National Giving Day, the one-day Red Cross fundraising campaign supporting the organization’s mission to help people in need of emergency support.
Phillips 66 is a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company with its headquarters in Houston. The company’s decision to support flood victims in its headquarters community represents a giving philosophy with a strong focus on community safety, preparedness and aid during disasters.
“Our heartfelt thoughts go out to the people affected by the Houston area floods,” said Greg Garland, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Phillips 66. “We are extremely grateful to the first responders, medical personnel and volunteers who have come to the aid of so many.”
Initial reports show more than 4,500 homes in the Greater Houston area took on water over the last few days and the threat of more flooding will continue throughout this week. The American Red Cross has been working day and night to offer shelter, meals, relief supplies and comfort to flood victims.
“We are greatly appreciative of Phillips 66’s donation at this critical time in our community,” said Steve Vetrano, Regional CEO, American Red Cross of the Texas Gulf Coast. “Over the past few days, for example, the Red Cross has provided nearly 700 shelter stays and 7840 meals to those in need. Phillips 66 is helping us help others as we respond to the disaster and begin to help people recover.”
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.