- ISSA Foundation Asks Member Companies to Assist the Tornado Victims in the Southern States
May 2, 2011 — In partnership with AmeriCares and Gifts In Kind International, the ISSA Foundation is asking all ISSA members to consider helping the victims whose lives have been stricken in the southern United States by the deadliest series of twisters in more than 40 years.
A fatal barrage of more than 160 tornadoes ripped through seven states in 48 hours, tearing apart homes, businesses, and leaving a widespread path of destruction. At least 315 people across seven states died in the storms, with two-thirds of the fatalities—210 people—in Alabama alone where entire neighborhoods were wiped out. The most violent storm system in decades has injured hundreds more, and the grim toll is expected to rise as rescue workers dig through the devastation. The National Guard has been deployed to Alabama, where as many as 1 million were without power. States of emergency have been declared in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Virginia.
AmeriCares is working to supply health care providers with the medicines they need to restock for patients who have lost their homes in Tuscaloosa, Cullman, and Birmingham—areas which endured massive destruction. Response is already underway, working with partners Feeding America and Nestle Water North America to support health care providers, emergency shelters and food banks in affected communities. After completing a relief supply delivery in North Carolina, their emergency aid experts are on the ground in Smithville, Mississippi, near the Alabama border, a town hard-hit by a devastating 205 mph tornado. Fourteen lives were lost, 150 homes destroyed, and the town’s health center which serves the uninsured, has sustained significant structural damage.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
AmeriCares has stressed that it is in desperate need of monetary donations, as the agency is not yet certain what product donations will be needed to assist the tornado victims. By making a financial contribution to the ISSA Foundation, you can assist in providing shelter, food, counseling, and other assistance to those in need.
To help financially, please download a contribution form (PDF) here and forward it to Tracy Weber, Operations Manager, ISSA Foundation. Please make checks payable to the ISSA Foundation; we will send one lump sum to AmeriCares on behalf of the industry.
The ISSA Foundation is also working with Gifts In Kind International (GIK), the world's leading nonprofit in product philanthropy and one of the largest nonprofits in the United States. The Foundation is cautiously working through its emergency relief network to assess the appropriate action and response. If you would like to make a product donation, please complete the Product Donation Agreement (PDF) or contact Doyle Delph, vice president, Donor Relations, (703) 299-7532. If you prefer to assist immediately with aid, GIK highly recommends sending cash donations.
GIK is a pioneer in the product giving space, bringing corporate America together with the nonprofit world to help people in need. Its strong network allows GIK to deliver corporate resources needed to support important community programs across the country.
Thank you for your support!
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