Beam Inc, employees provide aid for disaster work by Red Cross

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - Thanks to a contribution from a local employer, disaster relief help will be spread a little further for tornado victims in Kentucky and Indiana.

Jim Morehead and Jerry Summers, representatives with Beam Inc. in Clermont, presented a check for $25,000 to the American Red Cross disaster relief efforts.

The next day, a check for $1,800 was presented to Mike Crenshaw, director of the Bullitt-Spencer County American Red Cross service chapter, from the employees of the Clermont distilling plant.

Beam Inc. has been a long-time supporter of the American Red Cross, as well as many other agencies in Bullitt County.

Crenshaw said the American Red Cross was very appreciative of the partnership with Beam.

“While the crisis in Indiana and Kentucky is not over, you can see many signs of progress in the towns impacted by the recent tornadoes and the services the Red Cross has provided would note have been possible without the support of people, businesses and organizations throughout Kentuckiana and across the country that have so generously responded to help those in their time of need,” said Keith Alvey, CEO with the American Red Cross Louisville Area chapter.

During the three weeks since the March 2 tornadoes, the Red Cross worked with 26 counties in Kentucky and Indiana. The relief provided by the Red Cross has included:

*Handing out 71,117 bulk good items such as tarps, shovels, rakes, utility gloves, trash bags and toiletry kits.

*Providing more than 5,207 health and mental health contacts.

*Serving more than 82,613 meals and snacks.

*Opening 15 shelters with more than 830 overnight stays.

*Sending out 24 emergency response vehicles for mobile feeding.

*Serving nearly 2,500 individuals and families.

*Coordinating 972 trained Red Cross workers

For more information on how you can help, call 1-800-696-3873.