AT&T Contributes $50,000 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief to Support Joplin Storm Relief and Care

Joplin, Missouri, May 24, 2011

The AT&T Foundation today announced a $50,000 grant to the Greater Ozarks Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross to support storm relief efforts in Joplin. The funds will be presented to the local chapter to help restoration and relief efforts that will benefit victims of the severe weather that affected the Joplin community.

"Missourians are accustomed to helping their neighbors when the need arises, and AT&T has a long history of being a good neighbor,” said John Sondag, AT&T Missouri president. "Our thoughts are with the many families who are affected by the recent tornado, and we are pleased to support the American Red Cross as it responds to this crisis in this important community and in our state.”

The funds will be used by Red Cross disaster workers to provide food, shelter, emotional assistance and basic supplies to individuals and families affected by recent storms and tornadoes. 

"AT&T has for years demonstrated a strong commitment to Joplin in the form of jobs, technology and quality of service in the area," said local state Senator Ron Richard.  "With this contribution, AT&T again shows its commitment to our citizens, this time in a manner that will help the Red Cross serve those in need of assistance."

“We are incredibly grateful for AT&T’s generous donation and concern for the recovery of those affected by this series of devastating weather,” said Debi Meeds, Regional CEO of the Greater Ozarks Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross.  “We rely on the generosity of the public and our corporate partners such as AT&T to fund our mission of providing disaster relief.”

Donations can be made to American Red Cross Disaster Relief at or to the Greater Ozarks Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross at  These funds have been and will be used for disaster response efforts statewide.  In addition to its response in Missouri, the American Red Cross is providing care to people across more than half the country as a record tornado season continues to devastate communities and floods cause serious affects in numerous areas of the country, including Missouri.

To help with disaster recovery efforts in Joplin, text 'TORNADO' to 20222 to donate $10 to World Vision. You can also text 'JOPLIN' to 80888 to give $10 to the Salvation Army. No text message fees apply.

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About the American Red Cross
You can help people affected by disasters like the April tornado outbreak as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to, or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

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