Press Release: Illinois 6.17.08

John Deere Foundation Supports the Red Cross
$1 Million Gift will Help Flood Victims

Contact: Leslie Anthony at Office: (309) 743-2166; Cell: (309) 781-5568

Moline, IL – The John Deere Foundation has approved a $1 million grant to assist the American Red Cross with flood relief operations in the Midwest. The money was donated to the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund.

“The American Red Cross is incredibly grateful to the John Deere Foundation, whose dedication to the Red Cross mission enables us to provide emergency assistance to victims of recent flooding across the Midwest, including victims of the floods within our own communities,” says Betsy Pratt, CEO, American Red Cross of the Quad Cities Area.

The American Red Cross announced on Monday that its Disaster Relief Fund is depleted and is currently borrowing money to help flood victims throughout the Midwest. So far, flood response in the Midwest has cost the American Red Cross approximately $15 million.

More than 2,500 Red Cross workers are assisting people in the affected areas. Over the past few days, the Red Cross has responded to tornados in Kansas, and floods in Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Indiana, and West Virginia. Thousands of people are staying in more than 41 shelters and more than more than 115,000 meals and snacks have been served.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross provides relief to victims of disasters at home and abroad, collects and distributes nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, teaches lifesaving skills, and supports military members and families. The American Red Cross, a charity and not a government agency, depends on voluntary contributions of time, money and blood to perform its humanitarian mission.

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