The Home Depot Foundation increases disaster relief help to $400K
ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - The Home Depot Foundation has announced its support to provide immediate relief to communities affected by the tornado outbreak across Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia Sunday.
Monday the foundation increased its commitment from the original $200,000 to $400,000 after jumping in quickly the end of March in less than 24 hours after the tornadoes hit several states they set up operations to support these affected areas.
The West Point Home Depot donated disaster relief kits and more to the police department to help with tornado cleanup.
In addition, there is a team of other organizations that are offering its support like the American Red Cross is providing shelter and distributing meals. The Convoy of Hope and Operation Blessing are providing hygiene kits, water, and more items along with disaster relief. The cleanup efforts are provided by Team Rubicon, Inspiritus, and ToolBank Disaster Services, and with the help of World Central Kitchen they are working with food trucks and local restaurants to prepare and distribute meals as well.
“Our hearts go out to everyone impacted by these devastating tornadoes that took so many lives and left a trail of destruction across several states,” said Shannon Gerber, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation. “With the help of our nonprofit partners, we are providing resources and relief supplies to the affected communities, and we will continue to provide support as needed throughout the recovery process.”
The Home Depot‘s associate volunteer force in Mississippi helps with debris removal and works closely with local organizations and first responders to distribute essentials.
Home Depot’s employee assistance program, The Homer Fund, is providing financial support to every employee that has been affected by the storms. Included in the fund is an emergency fund to cover hotel, food, and clothing expenses. In total, the Homer Fund has already provided more than $28.6 million to support associates impacted by natural disasters.
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