Red Cross Accepting Monetary Donations for Tornado Victims

Memorial Foundation, Nissan North America and Dollar General
Pledge Funds

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb 11, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- In the aftermath of the devastating tornadoes that took lives, damaged and in many cases destroyed homes in Middle Tennessee, the Nashville Area Red Cross is working quickly to raise funds for the relief effort. The American Red Cross is committed to providing disaster victims with emergency assistance in the form of food, clothing and shelter and financial assistance is the most effective way to meet the needs of the affected communities.

Middle Tennessee corporate citizens are providing the lead gifts to the fund-raising efforts for the tornado relief effort. The Memorial Foundation has already committed $200,000; Nissan North America is donating $120,000 cash; and Dollar General has pledged to give $100,000 towards the tornado relief efforts.

"Whenever a disaster like this strikes our community the Memorial Foundation feels the responsibility to step up to respond by helping the Red Cross to help those families who have lost everything," said J.D. Elliot, President of the Memorial Foundation.

"Tennessee is our home so we felt a responsibility to help our neighbors," said Dominique Thormann, Nissan North America's senior vice president, administration and finance. "As a corporation, we are committed to helping the communities in which we live and work especially in time of need."

"Everyone at Dollar General is saddened by the tragedy and devastation caused by the recent tornadoes," said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General's CEO. "We support the efforts of the Red Cross to help the victims recover and rebuild their lives."

To provide further assistance, Dollar General is accepting donations to the Red Cross tornado disaster relief effort in all of its stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee through February 22. To find the store location nearest you, visit

With the continued support of community partners such as Dollar General, the Memorial Foundation and Nissan North America, the Nashville Area Red Cross should be able to raise the funds required to meet the immediate emergency needs of all the families affected and help them on the long road to recovery.

The Nashville Area Red Cross serves ten counties in Middle Tennessee as a humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, that provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare and respond to emergencies. The Red Cross is not a government agency. All assistance is free, and is funded solely by local donations. The United Way supports Red Cross efforts in Cheatham, Davidson, Trousdale, DeKalb, Dickson, Sumner, Robertson and Wilson Counties. To make a gift, call 250-4266.

SOURCE: American Red Cross

American Red Cross
Jill Gorin, 615-456-2250

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