BNSF Foundation Sends Donations to Assist Tornado Victims in the American South

FORT WORTH, Texas — The BNSF Foundation (BNSF) announced it has donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross for on-going relief efforts for the tens of thousands of people affected by the tornadoes that struck several Southern states on April 27.

Preliminary estimates indicate that the storms destroyed or damaged more than 13,000 homes across six states; more than 10,000 in Alabama alone. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA,) April 27, 2011, now holds the record for being the deadliest single day for tornadoes since 1925.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people who have lost family members, friends, and homes during this tragic weather event,” said John Ambler president, BNSF Foundation. “We are grateful to be able to provide some assistance to those suffering from this devastating event.”

BNSF’s contribution is being made through the American Red Cross Chisholm Trail Chapter in Fort Worth.

“We are very appreciative of the BNSF Foundation’s generous gift in support of our ongoing relief efforts to assist those torn apart by the recent tornado outbreak in the South,” Chief Executive Officer American Red Cross Chisholm Trail Chapter Patricia Thomson said.