COOKEVILLE – In the wake of the recent flood disaster in Louisiana, Averitt Express associates recently made a $25,000 donation to the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund.
The Red Cross is currently using the funds to provide food and shelter to thousands affected by the floods, many of whom have lost their homes and possessions due to the weather-related disasters.
According to Averitt officials, the donation was made from funds collected through the company’s associate-giving organization, known as Averitt Cares for Kids. Averitt Cares for Kids is funded 100 percent by voluntary contributions from the company’s associates.
“We are saddened by the devastating damage affecting our associates, customers, friends and neighbors in Baton Rouge and southeastern Louisiana. We hope our contribution to the Red Cross will help in the efforts to provide comfort and assistance to the communities we serve,” said Barry Blakely, Averitt’s regional vice president for the area that includes Louisiana.
Averitt Cares for Kids was one of the first associate-supported charities of its kind when it was launched in 1986. In addition to annual contributions to St. Jude’s hospital, Averitt Cares for Kids also makes periodic contributions in the event of large-scale national or regional disasters. For example, the organization has previously made special contributions immediately following 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. In addition, Averitt has also provided transportation services for goods and materials being distributed to affected areas.