Support provided in wake of storm

American Red Cross
American Red Cross

Foundations, companies and nonprofits throughout North Carolina offered support this week for relief efforts in the wake of deadly tornadoes that tore through the state on April 19 on its deadly trek through the South.

Efforts include:

  • Reynolds American Foundation will give $100,000 to the American Red Cross to help provide relief to victims.
  • Lowe’s will give $250,000 to the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund.
  • Inter-Faith Food Shuttle in Raleigh is distributing food directly to people affected by the tornadoes.
  • Bank of America had made a $500,000 commitment to the American Red Cross, including a $400,000 grant to support efforts in North Carolina and a $100,000 grant to help with immediate and long-term recovery efforts in Oklahoma, Virginia, Mississippi and Alabama.
  • The Greater High Point-Davidson chapter of the American Red Cross has scheduled a lunch meeting for May 18 from 11: 30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its office at 815 Phillips Avenue in High Point to talk about how agencies can work together in future disasters, and to create a community committee that would meet periodically to talk about and develop a coordinated response to disaster.
  • Easter Seals UCP is designated 20 percent of money raised at its Walk With Me event scheduled for May 7 in Sanford to the American Red Cross to support local disaster-relief efforts.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County, which sustained damages to three of its clubs in Southeast Raleigh, will transfer kids from each of those clubs to two other Boys & Girls Clubs in Raleigh.
  • The North Carolina Community Foundation has activated its statewide Disaster Relief Fund to support relief efforts to the storms, which resulted in devastation to over 20 counties in the central and eastern regions of the state.
  • Learning Together in Raleigh sustained damage and it and Meals on Wheels in Wake County, both partner agencies of United Way of the Greater Triangle, were without power for several days.
  • Lowes Foods gave $50,000 to Triad Cares Telethon to benefit American Red Cross.
  • Triangle Community Foundation created NC Tornado Relief 2011 fund to accept donations directed to Triangle-based nonprofits providing support to storm victims.
  • Salvation Army expanded roving feeding operations in Johnston and Harnett counties; partnered in Washington County with prison system to provide meals and hydration support to inmates working on cleanup and clearing of storm debris; dispatched disaster-response team and mobile-feeding unit to Raleigh from Greensboro; using mobile-feeding units in Fayetteville; and providing services and support from Wilmington unit in Bladen County and Elizabethtown.

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