Meijer Donates $500,000 To American Red Cross of West Michigan

Posted at 5:51 PM, May 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-07 17:51:55-04

red cross volunteer.jpegGRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  –– Meijer has donated $500,000 to support Red Cross disaster relief efforts in West Michigan.

“The American Red Cross is very appreciative of this generous gift,” said Cheryl Bremer, Regional CEO for the American Red Cross of West Michigan. “We’ve seen our own disaster in West Michigan recently with the flooding, and we’re fortunate to have partners like Meijer who graciously support our disaster relief efforts on so many levels.”

Partnerships with other local emergency agencies, nonprofits, and committed financial partners like Meijer provide the crucial support that makes it possible for the Red Cross to deliver its services at no cost to the public. In addition to the $500,000 gift, Meijer provided warehouse space in Walker to the American Red Cross for emergency supply distribution during the West Michigan floods.

“Meijer understands how important it is to support the community where its customers and team members live,” Meijer Co-Chairman Hank Meijer said.  “We are pleased to partner with incredible organizations like the American Red Cross of West Michigan that really go above and beyond to help those in need when disaster strikes.”

The American Red Cross responds to a disaster every 8 minutes. During the Michigan floods, the American Red Cross opened nine shelters. Of those, six were in West Michigan and stayed open for more than a week. More than 200 Red Cross workers served nearly 1,000 meals and snacks and distributed 1,020 clean-up kits, which include mops, buckets, shovels, gloves and other cleaning supplies.

 For more information on how to give, get trained or get involved with the American Red Cross, visit: or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.