GP Joins with Other Atlanta Companies for Tornado Relief in Joplin

It’s been a busy spring for GP employees who have worked to help tornado victims in Joplin, Mo., and the Southeastern states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee.

To further the relief effort, Georgia-Pacific, along with other major Atlanta-based companies, took part in an airlift of support for Joplin tornado victims today.

Employee volunteers from The Home Depot’s Atlanta headquarters flew to Joplin (courtesy of Delta Air Lines) to install “Blue Roofs” (blue tarps) over damaged homes, remove debris and help clean-up. Onboard the flight were several thousand pounds of donated Brawny® towels and industrial wipers courtesy of GP. Chick-fil-A and Coca-Cola provided food and water for the volunteers.

“The Home Depot and Georgia-Pacific have worked together for years to provide families with building products for constructing and remodeling their homes and their communities,” said Curley Dossman, president of the Georgia-Pacific Foundation. “Taking part in this relief effort with Home Depot and other Atlanta companies continues our support for disaster victims in Joplin as they rebuild their community.”

Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation, said, “The Home Depot's associates in Atlanta have been asking for the opportunity to go to Joplin to help the community and their fellow associates. Thanks to the generosity of Atlanta companies like Delta and Georgia-Pacific, we're making that happen today.”

Earlier this month, GP's Muskogee, Okla., mill partnered with international relief organization Feed The Children to donate cases of tissue products from the mill. Feed The Children is distributing those products as needed in the Joplin area.

Also supporting the Joplin relief efforts is an assortment of Dixie® paper plates, cups, cutlery and napkins, and other paper products donated recently by GP to Convoy of Hope, another relief organization.


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