$25,000 donation will aid Red Cross efforts
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation has donated $25,000 to support American Red Cross relief efforts following extensive damage from Hurricane Ian.
“We are saddened by the devastation caused in Florida and South Carolina” said Dalya Qualls White, executive director of the foundation. “Our thoughts are with the communities affected by this disaster, particularly the residents who have lost loved ones and homes. We know recovery will take some time, and we hope this support will help those efforts.”
On Sept. 28, Hurricane Ian slammed into the west coast of Florida as a category 4 storm, devastating several communities, including Fort Meyers Beach and Sanibel Island. It then moved north and struck the South Carolina coast Friday, Sept. 30, causing heavy rains and flooding.
“It is because of community partners like the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation that we are able to proceed with compassion and sincerity, and bring hope and help to our neighbors in these devastated communities,” said Lori Marsh, regional philanthropy officer for the American Red Cross – Tennessee Region.
Along with the Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has sent Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams (DSATs) to the hardest hit communities to help residents register for support.
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is a taxpaying, not-for-profit health plan serving more than 3.3 million members in Tennessee and around the country. The Chattanooga-based company was founded in 1945 and has brought peace of mind to its members and local communities for more than 75 years. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company’s news center at bcbstnews.com.
About BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation, Inc.
The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation organized to promote the philanthropic mission of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. It has awarded $120 million in grants since 2005. The foundation provides funding for the BlueCross Healthy Place program, which creates active, healthy spaces across Tennessee.