TransCanada donates $50,000 for Red Cross disaster relief

TransCanada has contributed $50,000 to the American Red Cross in support of the organization’s national disaster relief operations.

The company’s gave the money to help the Red Cross respond to the devastating floods in the Houston, Texas area.

The contribution was received at the Red Cross office in St. Joseph, Missouri as TransCanada expands its presence in Northwest Missouri. The pipeline company is relocating a regional office to St. Joseph and will make it a hub for the company.

Flood engulfs car
Recent flooding in Texas caused massive problems including roads being washed out, vehicles damaged and destroyed and homes filled with water. TransCanada recently contributed $50,000 to the American Red Cross relief efforts following flooding in the Houston area. (Photo by Carl Manning/American Red Cross)

Following the torrential rains in April, hundreds of people in Houston were evacuated, prompting the Red Cross to open nearly a dozen shelters and provide more than 1,500 overnight shelter stays.

“We pride ourselves on being a good neighbor and this extends to helping our communities in their time of need,” said Brandon Anderson, senior vice-president and general manager for U.S. Pipelines at TransCanada.

“Hundreds of our own employees live in the Houston area and we want to provide help to our community affected by this devastating flood. By supporting the American Red Cross, we can contribute to immediate disaster relief through a respected organization that is on the ground working directly with those who have been affected,” he said.

In accepting the gift, Angie Springs, executive director of the Northwest Missouri Chapter of the American Red Cross in St. Joseph, said, “We are proud to have TransCanada as a community partner. We can only fulfill our mission as we rely upon the generosity of donors, and because of them we are able to prevent and alleviate suffering of people who face emergencies.”

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