First Horizon Bank announced Wednesday it will donate $25,000 towards the American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee’s tornado relief efforts. The Bank will also begin accepting monetary donations to benefit the Red Cross at financial centers that have drive-thru customer service options.
Chattanooga Market President Jay Dale said, “In these unprecedented times, it is important that we do all we can to take care of each other. We want to do everything we can to ensure that our community, and especially those affected by the Easter weekend tornadoes, have every opportunity to get back on their feet.”
Due to the coronavirus crisis and social distancing guidelines, the Red Cross has new measures in place to help people in need. Instead of opening shelters, they have prioritized placing individuals in hotel rooms or dormitory style rooms to ensure they have a safe place to stay if they aren’t able to return home after the disaster.
Executive Director of American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee Julia Wright says monetary donations to the tornado relief effort are the biggest help since they are currently working with 150 families.
In the aftermath of last weekend’s storms, the Red Cross provided hotel rooms for approximately 1,150 people across multiple states. Donations received at the Bank’s financial centers will continue to provide funds for these efforts.
Because the Bank’s financial center lobbies are currently closed to the public, donations in the form of cash can be dropped off at any First Horizon Bank financial center with a drive-thru option.