SAN FRANCISCO, March 30 (Xinhua) -- Boeing announced on Thursday the company is committing 250,000 U.S. dollars to assist with disaster recovery and relief efforts in U.S. states of Mississippi and Alabama, following the deadly tornadoes that affected communities across the region.
"Our hearts go out to all those impacted by the recent tornadoes in Mississippi and Alabama," said Ziad Ojakli, executive vice president of Government Operations at the Boeing Company.
Ojakli said Boeing is partnering closely with organizations that can quickly provide support to those in need during this challenging time, and remains committed to the communities as they recover in the days ahead.
"We are grateful for partners like Boeing as we work together to provide comfort and hope to people when they need it most," said Anne McKeough, chief development officer at the American Red Cross.
In addition to corporate charitable investments, Boeing employees give to their local communities by participating in volunteer and charitable gift match programs, according to the company, which employs more than 3,300 people in Mississippi and Alabama.
At least 26 people, including 25 in Mississippi and one in Alabama, were killed after powerful tornadoes and strong thunderstorms swept across the two states last Friday, leaving one town completely leveled and a trail of destruction in its path.