Undoubtedly, this has been a tragic time for Oklahomans after tornados ripped a destructive path through the cities of Moore and Shawnee. Our deepest and most sincere thoughts are with the many affected families who are mourning losses and faced with rebuilding their lives.
We are thankful that nearly 1,000 Georgia-Pacific employees working nearby in our Muskogee, Okla. facility are safe and were not hit by the storms.
Unfortunately from past experience, we know that in the aftermath of a disaster the most basic, everyday items are often needed right away. For the affected families in the state, Georgia-Pacific has donated six truckloads of products from our Muskogee, Okla., Fort Smith, Ark. and Naheola, Ala. facilities including Angel Soft® and Quilted Northern® bath tissue, Sparkle® paper towels, Dixie® cups and plates, and Mardi Gras® napkins.
We also routinely work through aid organizations such as Convoy of Hope and Feed the Children who will be distributing these products to people who need them most.
In addition to donated products, our parent company, Koch Industries, Inc. is making a $1 million donation to support relief efforts in Oklahoma. Half of that amount will be given to the OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund established by Governor Mary Fallin in coordination with the United Way of Central Oklahoma. The other half will go to the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army to help affected families with their most urgent needs, including housing, transportation, clothing and more.
Our hope is that the affected communities will heal quickly and feel supported not only from Georgia-Pacific and Koch Industries, but from people across the country and beyond.