BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) – BASF Corporation is contributing $100,000 to the American Red Cross to help strengthen ongoing tornado and flood relief efforts. The Red Cross has supported 30 disaster relief operations in 23 states since March 31.
BASF also launched an employee donation campaign in partnership with the American Red Cross so that BASF colleagues across the United States can support the relief efforts as well.
In addition to the tornado response in the Midwest, the Red Cross is continuing to help residents in the South, where tornadoes and Mississippi River flooding have devastated many communities. All totaled, nearly 1,200 people across nine states stayed in a Red Cross shelter Tuesday night because of these severe weather events.
"Our heartfelt thoughts go out to the residents who are in need of assistance so they can rebuild and return to their normal lives,” said Deidra Jackson, BASF communications manager based in Geismar. “We strongly believe that it is important to support the communities in which we operate, and with employees and contractors living in the affected areas, these disasters are extremely personal to us."
People depend on the American Red Cross for help in times of disaster. In turn, the Red Cross depends on the generosity of the people – volunteers and donors – to provide that assistance.
“BASF is one of a growing number of companies that demonstrates leadership by contributing both human and financial resources to Red Cross disaster preparation and response,” said Bobbi Zaunbrecher, CEO of the Louisiana Capital Area Chapter. “On behalf of everyone who has lost a home to this spring’s devastating storms and floods, we thank BASF and its employees.”
BASF has operations in Geismar, Vidalia and Port Allen, Louisiana; West Memphis, Arkansas; and Huntsville, Alabama.