Many homeowners and businesses in St. Louis will be cleaning up, repairing and rebuilding for a long time to come, following the Good Friday tornado and strong winds that damaged as many homes as 1,600 homes in the St. Louis suburbs. More than a thousand of those homes were in Maryland Heights, located just southwest of Lambert Airport, which also received damage. Most of the area is residential or business. To help, Monsanto has stepped forward with a pledge of $100,000 to the American Red Cross.
"St. Louis is our home and we're doing our part to help our friends and neighbors begin the clean-up and rebuilding efforts," said Jan Holloway, Senior Vice President of Community Relations for Monsanto. "We're so thankful there were minimal injuries and we believe this pledge to the Red Cross can provide the agency with an initial boost to help more quickly advance their relief efforts."
Monsanto Company has a long-standing history in the St. Louis region. The company's headquarters are based in Creve Coeur, just a few minutes south of Maryland Heights, and its research headquarters are based in Chesterfield, also nearby. The Red Cross praised the company for its contribution.
"This early gift from Monsanto is just one example of the incredible community spirit and resiliency that is a hallmark of the Greater St. Louis Community," said Cindy Erickson, Regional Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross St. Louis Bi-State Chapter. "As we are assessing the needs and determining how best to help, we'd ask other companies and individuals to consider helping in early relief efforts as well."
Monsanto's donation is expected to support the agency in local efforts related to the storm and provide the agency with additional flexibility as the community works to complete the assessment and clean-up process for individuals affected for this storm. The donation is also expected to support the agency's efforts in advance of the upcoming storm season.