$25,000 donation will aid American Red Cross efforts
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation has donated $25,000 to support American Red Cross relief efforts in Middle Tennessee following extensive flooding over the weekend.
“We are saddened by the loss of lives and devastation caused by last weekend’s record-breaking rains across Middle Tennessee,” said Dalya Qualls, executive director of the foundation. “Our thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones, and everyone impacted by this tragedy. We know the victims of this natural disaster face a long road ahead, and we hope this support will help them as they recover.”
The rains, which totaled 17 inches, fell over a period of just six hours, causing flash flooding in parts of Humphreys, Dickson and Hickman counties. The waters washed away roadways, downed telephone lines and cell phone towers, and destroyed buildings and homes. Some residents were left with seconds to escape. The flooding has killed more than 20 people, with some still missing.
“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 Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) is working to ensure the safety and wellbeing of affected residents. Federal disaster relief is also available to residents of affected areas through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
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.