Disaster Relief, Tornado Recovery
Sanderson Farms Donates to Tornado Recovery Efforts
In the aftermath of devastating tornadoes that tore across the Southeast region of the United States, Sanderson Farms has donated a total of $50,000 to the American Red Cross to aid in ongoing recovery efforts. The company donated $25,000 to Hattiesburg, Mississippi and $25,000 to Adel, Georgia, which are two directly impacted communities located in close proximity to several Sanderson Farms facilities.
“At Sanderson Farms, when a crisis hits, we come together to support our employees, their families and the whole community,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer for Sanderson Farms. “The recent tornadoes in Mississippi and Georgia hit close to home, and many of our employees and their families suffered devastating losses. We have been humbled by the spirit of resilience, generosity and kindness that we have witnessed among our employees, friends and neighbors, and Sanderson Farms is committed to doing everything we can to get our communities back on their feet again.”
Many employees who live in and around the Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Adel, Georgia; and Albany, Georgia areas have been directly affected and several have lost their homes due to the disastrous storms and tornadoes. In addition to the monetary donation, Sanderson Farms also donated chicken and ice to support volunteer efforts across the Southeast.
“South Georgians have experienced terrible devastation in the past week, and many of our Sanderson Farms employees have been directly affected,” said Heath Parker, Division Manager of Sanderson Farms’ Adel, Georgia production facility. “I’m proud to be part of a company that is here to support the entire community during times of need. It’s the Sanderson Way.”
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters. The organization also supplies approximately 40 percent of the nation’s blood, provides international humanitarian aid, and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.
“The Red Cross of South Georgia has been working tirelessly to help Georgians recover from the deadly tornadoes that hit our region last week,” said Terri Jenkins, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of South Georgia. “We are so thankful for Sanderson Farms’ support and willingness to help our community during this difficult time. This generous donation will help the many people affected by these devastating storms including Sanderson Farms employees who were impacted by this crisis, as well as their families, neighbors and the entire community, as we work together to recover and rebuild.”
To find out how you can support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief by making a financial gift, please visit their website at redcross.org/donate or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.