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Provides Essential Support Before Disasters Strike

SALT LAKE  CITY April 18, 2014 - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently joined a group of elite corporations and organizations as a member of the Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) in support of the American Red Cross. The distinguished members of ADGP enable the Red Cross to respond immediately to the needs of individuals and families impacted by disaster anywhere in the United States, regardless of cost. They do so by helping to build a reliable funding base for disaster relief services.

The generous gift of one million dollars, along with an in-kind donation of $500,000, from the LDS Church, creates the reliable funding needed to deliver swift relief-enabling the Red Cross to respond at a moment’s notice with trained volunteers, supplies from their stocked warehouses, emergency response vehicles and resources, to transform community sites into shelters. The in-kind donations of goods and services empower Red Cross workers to quickly manage and distribute sorely needed relief items and save the organization money by freeing up funds for other critical necessities.

“The generosity of the LDS Church empowers the Red Cross to give hope to people when they need it most. They are truly national leaders in disaster response,” states Heidi Ruster, CEO of the Utah and Nevada Region.

“We have had a great partnership with the American Red Cross for many years and we respect what they do,” said Bruce Muir, LDS Charities director. “The bottom line is, if there’s a fire; they’re there. If there’s a disaster; they’re there. This donation will support their efforts to extend relief to many families and individuals in need.”

The Red Cross and LDS Church have worked together for over 30 years.  This recent partnership will make a lifesaving difference for people affected by devastating events down the street and across the country.

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