Verizon Wireless Contribution

May 26, 2011                                                            NEWS RELEASE

Verizon Wireless and Verizon foundation Donate $50,000 to

American Red Cross for Joplin Disaster Relief


Springfield, Mo


            The Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross is pleased to announce that the Verizon Wireless and the Verizon Foundation have donated $50,000 to the Chapter to assist victims of the recent tornado in Joplin.  The contribution is intended to provide immediate help to people who are dealing with the aftermath of one of the worst tornadoes in Missouri history.

            In addition to the contribution of cash, Verizon Wireless is deploying mobile cell towers to the area; providing courtesy phones to emergency workers; setting up a mobile cell phone charging station and Internet access point for all wireless device users; and continuing to provide Verizon Wireless customer assistance at the existing store in the North Park Mall on North Range Line Road.

            “When a disaster of this magnitude hits a community, the need for reliable communications becomes even more important than ever,” said Brendan Fallis, president- Kansas/Missouri Region, Verizon Wireless, who joined engineers and technicians on the ground in Joplin on Tuesday.

            “We have committed our resources to the overall effort taking place in Joplin today, and will continue to provide the most reliable communications network in the nation to local individuals and businesses as they begin the process of rebuilding,” said Fallis. 

            Verizon Wireless, which operates the nation’s largest and most reliable 3G network, is providing several Cells On Wheels (COW’s) mobile cell towers in the area and has established a temporary Verizon Wireless mobile station near the permanent store location in the North park Mall at 111 North Range Line Road In Joplin.

Debi Meeds, Executive Director of the Greater Ozarks Chapter, said, “We are most grateful for this contribution in such a time of need.  We rely on the generosity of the public and our corporate partners such as Verizon Wireless to fund our mission of providing disaster relief.”


About the Verizon Foundation

The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, uses its technology, financial resources and partnerships to address critical social issues, with a focus on education and domestic violence prevention.  In 2010, the foundation awarded nearly $67 million to nonprofit agencies in the U.S. and abroad.  Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation’s largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees have volunteered nearly 6 million hours of community service since 2000.  For more information on the foundation, visit


You can help people affected by disasters, like the recent Missouri tornadoes, by donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of all disasters. You may also call 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) or mail your donation, to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington DC 20013.  Internet users can make a secure online donation by visiting



Joann Moore

Public Relations/Fundraising

American Red Cross

1545 N. West Bypass

Springfield, MO  65803

417-832-9500, ext. 107

Fax 417-866-3649




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