ATLANTA (News release) -- Veritiv Corporation announced the donation of a humanitarian services vehicle through its community engagement and philanthropy program, Veritiv Connects. In addition, the company's Norcross team members joined together to assemble 500 American Red Cross comfort kits to aid those in need after natural disasters and home fires.
With the March tornados and storms in Southwest Georgia, the Veritiv-donated humanitarian services vehicle has already been placed into service. Volunteers from the American Red Cross have used it to transport materials, such as comfort kits, and meet with families. In fact, they have responded to 18 home fires in the last 30 days, travelling 2,000 miles to aid those in need.
During times of disaster, the American Red Cross provides comfort kits to impacted community members to help them begin their recovery journey with basic necessities. Small things like toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, razors, combs, and soap can have a big impact and provide comfort during a disaster.
"With these donations, we can really make a difference in people's lives and for that, we thank you," said Jennifer Pipa, Chief Executive Officer at American Red Cross of Georgia. "Volunteering to help others really shows the best in people, and the Veritiv team goes above and beyond to help further the mission of the American Red Cross to prepare for, prevent, respond, and recover from disasters."
"Our Veritiv team elected to celebrate Red Cross Month in March by volunteering time to help others, and I believe this embodies the generous spirit of our people. By assisting others like this, we see the impact our people can have on the communities where we live and work," said Tracy Pearson, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Operations for Veritiv. "Driven by our core values and Veritiv Connects, our team works to deliver support where it can make the biggest difference including in-kind donations, monetary support and volunteer teams."
Through Veritiv Connects, employees strategically engage and volunteer to support the more than 250 communities across North America where Veritiv operates. The American Red Cross is one of the founding, charitable partners for Veritiv Connects.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
Veritiv Corporation (NYSE: VRTV), headquartered in Atlanta and a Fortune 500® company, is a leading North American business-to-business distributor of packaging, facility solutions, print and publishing products and services; and also a provider of logistics and supply chain management solutions. Serving customers in a wide range of industries, the Company has approximately 160 operating distribution centers throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and employs approximately 8,700 team members that help shape the success of its customers. For more information about Veritiv and its business segments visit www.veritivcorp.com.