FedEx pledges $1M to support Harvey relief efforts

FedEx pledges $1M to support Harvey relief efforts

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis-based delivery service FedEx is taking steps to ease Harvey's impact, and help those who need it.

FedEx said it would spend $1 million in cash and transportation support. The company pledges to continue helping to deliver critical medical aid and supplies to areas hardest hit by the storm.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the millions of people affected by this unprecedented storm," said David J. Bronczek, president and chief operating officer of FedEx Corp. "FedEx will continue to work closely with humanitarian and disaster relief organizations to provide support and deliver supplies to assist those hardest hit by the storm."

Meanwhile, FedEx said there are service delays and delivery disruptions due to flooded roads and infrastructure. Flights have been grounded linking Houston to Memphis and Dallas-Fort Worth.

FedEx Ground temporarily suspended service over the weekend to more than 500 Texas communities including Houston, plus others in Louisiana.

The company issued the following statement on its efforts:

"Our priority is always the safety of our team members and providing service to our customers.  FedEx has implemented contingency plans to lessen the effect of Hurricane Harvey on operations and mitigate potential service delays.  We are also supporting organizations such as Direct Relief, American Red Cross, and Heart to Heart, which are providing necessary supplies to those impacted by the storm. We encourage customers to check the status of their shipments at fedex.com."

But the transportation powerhouse is lending a hand for disaster relief in a big way, working with multiple organizations like the American Red Cross, Direct Relief International, and Heart to Heart International.

FedEx shipped items to the storm zone before Harvey hit.

"We pre-staged supplies down there for them in advance of the storm and now we're working with them to evaluate the need down there and see what type of ongoing support is necessary," said FedEx Director of Global Citizenship Jenny Robertson.

As the floods continue and the recovery begins, FedEx will monitor the situation hand in hand with emergency personnel, ready to start shipping supplies again at a moment's notice.

"FedEx is always one of the first responders in times of disaster," said Robertson, "We get in quickly. We know the roads, the people of those communities… This is when we really can use the power of our network to help people."

How you can help Harvey victims

Make a $10 donation to Red Cross by texting the word HARVEY to 90999.

Learn about other donation and volunteer opportunities by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by clicking here.

Donate to the Salvation Army at HelpSalvationArmy.org or call 1-800-725-2769.

Houston's mayor set up a relief fund with the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Click here to donate to that fund.

Blood donations are also encouraged at a time like this. Lifeblood said all blood types are needed. Click here or call 901-290-9743 to schedule a blood donation appointment.

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