Partner in Caring: The Salvation Army responds to disasters with Blue Cross Blue Shield help

In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, a man walks through rubble in the city of Tacloban in Leyte province, one of the worst affected areas.

In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, a man walks through rubble in the city of Tacloban in Leyte province, one of the worst affected areas.

The Salvation Army responds to all manners of disasters around the world. We are there to stand beside residents and offer help after hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards and fires throw neighborhoods, states and entire countries into chaos. Financial and in-kind support from partners such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) helps The Salvation Army respond whenever and wherever there is need.

bcbsilBCBSIL was recently awarded the 2013 Salvation Army Corporate Partner Award in recognition of their dedication to community groups through significant time and financial resources. In fact, BCBSIL recently donated $20,000 to our typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines and $10,000 to our tornado relief efforts in central Illinois.

Gifts such as these help The Salvation Army provide meals, hydration and snacks, as well as immediate emergency shelter, clothing and spiritual support for victims and first responders.  After first responders leave, The Salvation Army remains at the disaster site to provide continuing support including help removing debris and rebuilding – help paying rent and utilities for those who lost everything, assistance securing new housing, food and clothing – and fulfilling other needs as requested.

patriciaandcolonelPatricia Hemingway Hall, President and CEO of Health Care Services Corporate which operates Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois has served on The Salvation Army’s Chicago Advisory Board for the past three years, and leads the charge for the organization’s giving. “It’s important that our company partners with organizations that can make the most meaningful impact in the lives of the people of Illinois,” Hall said. “That’s why we support The Salvation Army which is on the ground, making a real difference in our communities every day.”

We commend other companies and individuals that stand with The Salvation Army as Partners in Caring this year, including Advocate Health Care, BCS Financial Corporation, Protiviti, Exelon, Richard and Suzanne Masters, A&R Janitorial Service, Antunovich Associates, Aon, Ariel Investments, Rita and John Canning, Chris and Barbara Kolber, Northern Trust, PWC, Summit Wealth Advisors, Sutton Auto Team, Walgreens and Richard and Mary Beth Weiss.

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