The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Tornado: Donate & volunteer

May 27, 2011

DONATE: More large donations given to Joplin relief

JOPLIN, Mo. — Donations to Joplin disaster relief, already in the millions, continue to pour into the community.

These are some of the latest:

- Kohl’s Department Stores announced a $150,000 cash donation. Kohl’s is making a $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross for emergency-assistance and relief efforts in Joplin and $50,000 for relief efforts in other affected states.

In addition to a financial contribution, Kohl’s is encouraging its associates to volunteer in support of cleanup efforts through its Associates in Action volunteer program.

“We are deeply saddened by the devastation and heartache experienced by so many families in Joplin and throughout the Midwest as a result of the severe and destructive weather,” said Julie Gardner, Kohl’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “It is our sincerest hope that our financial assistance and volunteer service will provide some help to our customers, associates and residents in the region as they work to rebuild their homes and communities.”

- Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores will donate $150,000 to local chapters of the United Way to help Joplin and communities throughout Oklahoma recover and rebuild from recent devastating tornadoes.

Love’s home state of Oklahoma was also recently hit with tornadoes.

“Our hearts go out to those who were affected by these tornadoes. Love’s has been impacted by tornadoes in our history, so we know what it’s like to rebuild,” said Tom Love, Chairman and CEO. “We are fortunate to be able to make this contribution. I am proud of our employees who stepped up during this time of disaster and helped people in great need.”

The store in Joplin donated batteries and flashlights to a local hospital that was directly hit by a tornado. They also donated water to a community shelter.

Love’s donation will be directed toward two United Way agencies. Heart of Missouri United Way will receive $100,000. United Way of Central Oklahoma will receive $50,000.

- The BNSF Foundation (BNSF) will donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross for on-going relief efforts for the tens of thousands of people affected by the tornado that struck Joplin and other areas of Missouri and Kansas on May 22.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people who have lost family members, friends, and homes during this tragic weather event,” said John Ambler, president, BNSF Foundation. “We are grateful to the many who have responded to this emergency and to be able to provide some assistance to those suffering from this devastating event.”

BNSF’s contribution is being made through the Greater Ozarks Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross in Springfield, Missouri.

- ConocoPhillips is giving $500,000 to the American Red Cross to assist in disaster relief efforts arising from the recent tornado in Joplin, Missouri.

The company has also offered to match donations made by its U.S. employees.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to those who have lost friends and loved ones in Joplin,” said Jim Mulva, chairman and chief executive officer. “We hope this contribution will help fill some of the needs of those most affected so they can start to rebuild their lives and return their community to the vitality it once had.”

-  Verizon Wireless and the Verizon Foundation have donated $50,000 to the Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross.

In addition to the contribution of cash, Verizon Wireless deployed mobile cell towers to the area, provided courtesy phones to emergency workers, and set up a mobile cell phone charging station and Internet access point for all wireless device users.

- Bank of America will donate $200,000 to support those affected by recent tornadoes in Missouri. The commitment includes a $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross.

As relief efforts evolve in the coming weeks, the remaining $100,000 contribution will be directed toward the long-term recovery efforts to restore basic medical services and fund the rebuilding of homes, schools and other structures critical to the affected communities.

This support is in addition to the $760,000 contributed to aid victims of the tornadoes that swept across the southern and eastern United States in recent weeks and part of the more than $2 million that has been contributed this year to support disaster relief needs across the company’s global footprint.

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