WASHINGTON, Ill., Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon is urging its employees and customers to join in assisting the victims of a late-season tornado outbreak that devastated parts of Illinois on Sunday (Nov. 17). Verizon has committed a $50,000 grant to the American Red Cross, Central Illinois Chapter, for Tornado Relief to support disaster-relief in the area and the Verizon Foundation will match Verizon employees' donations of $25 or more, up to $1,000 per employee, to the American Red Cross, which helps people affected by disasters such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, wildfires and tornadoes.
In addition, Verizon Wireless, working with relief organizations, will activate a text-to-donate program that enables customers to make a $10 donation to the following organizations:
- Text FOOD to 52000 to give to Northern Illinois Food Bank
- Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give to American Red Cross
Text-messaging fees will be waived, and 100 percent of each donation goes directly to the nonprofit organization. Verizon Wireless postpaid customers will see their donations on their next regular monthly bill. For customers using the company's prepaid services, donations will be deducted from their prepaid balances.
"The Nov. 17 tornadoes brutalized communities across a wide swath of Illinois, and many residents need support," said Brian Pascoe, region president, Verizon Wireless. "Verizon, its employees and customers are stepping up on several fronts to help those affected by these storms begin to recover."
Since Monday (Nov. 18), Verizon Wireless has been onsite in the hard-hit community of Washington, providing first responders, customers and the general public with added wireless communications capabilities, including a disaster-relief mobile support unit where customers are able to make calls, charge phones and connect to the Internet. The company also is providing additional wireless support at two Red Cross shelters.
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