BNSF Foundation Sends Donations to Assist Tornado Victims in the American South
Preliminary estimates indicate that the storms destroyed or damaged more than 13,000 homes across six states; more than 10,000 in
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. Alabama
“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.
While significant funds have been raised, there is still more relief needed. To contact the American Red Cross or donate online, visit www.redcross.org.
About BNSF Foundation
The BNSF Foundation’s mission is to support and improve the general welfare and quality of life in communities served by BNSF Railway and has been a main vehicle for charitable giving from and before the 1996 merger of the Burlington Northern and the Santa Fe railroads to form The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company, now known as BNSF Railway Company. The BNSF Foundation is a Texas non-profit corporation located in Fort Worth.
BNSF Railway is one of North America’s leading freight transportation companies operating on 32,000 route miles of track in 28 states and two Canadian provinces. BNSF is one of the top transporters of consumer goods, grain, industrial goods and low-sulfur coal that help feed, clothe, supply, and power American homes and businesses every day. BNSF and its employees have developed one of the most technologically advanced, and efficient railroads in the industry. And we are working continuously to improve the value of the safety, service, energy, and environmental benefits we provide to our customers and the communities we serve.