AT&T Grant

May 24, 2011                        NEWS RELEASE

A T & T Contributes $50,000 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief

To Support Joplin Storm Relief and Care


Joplin, MO

            The Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross is pleased to announce the A T &T Foundation today announced a $50,000 grant to the chapter to support storm relief efforts in Joplin.  The funds will be presented to the Greater Ozarks Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross to help restoration and relief efforts that will benefit victims of the severe weather that affected the Joplin community.

          Missourians are accustomed to helping their neighbors when the need arises, and AT&T has a long history of being a good neighbor,” said John Sondag,  AT&T Missouri president.  “Our thoughts are with the many families who are affected by the recent tornado, and we are pleased to support the American Red Cross as it responds to the crisis in this important community and in our state.”

            The funds will be used by Red Cross disaster workers to provide food, shelter, emotional assistance and basic supplies to individuals and families affected by recent storms and tornadoes.

            “We are incredibly grateful for AT&T’s generous donation and concern for the recovery of those affected by this series of devastating weather,” said Debi Meeds, Regional CEO for the Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross.  “We rely on the generosity of the public and our corporate partners such as AT&T to fund our mission of providing disaster relief.”


            Donations can be made to American Red Cross Disaster Relief at or to the Greater Ozarks regional Chapter of the American Red Cross at  These funds have been and will be used for disaster response efforts statewide.  In addition to response in Missouri, the American Red Cross is providing care to people across more than half the country as a record tornado season continues to devastate communities and floods cause serious affects in numerous areas of the country, including Missouri. 


A T & T           is a premier communications holding company.  Its subsidiaries and affiliates –A T & T operating companies – are the providers of A T & T services in the United States and around the world.  With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, A T & T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services.  A leader in mobile broadband, A T & T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries.  It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse and AT&T DIRECT TV brands.  The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.  In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. 


About the American Red Cross

            You can help people affected by disasters like the May tornado outbreak as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross disaster relief.  Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.  Visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.  Contributions may also be sent to the local chapter office at 1545 N. West Bypass, Springfield, MO  65803 or the Red Cross at P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 200123.





Joann Moore

Public Relations/Fundraising

American Red Cross

1545 N. West Bypass

Springfield, MO  65803

417-832-9500, ext. 107

Fax 417-866-3649




Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. Conditions that cause floods include heavy or steady rain for several hours or days that saturates the ground. Flash floods occur suddenly due to rapidly rising water along a stream or low-lying area.

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