NEWS: AT&T provides $20,000 gift to helps rebuild hope for local flood victims

(Video above: United Way of the Mid-South President Bryce Haugsdahl thanks AT&T for the generous gift of $20,000 to help “rebuild hope” for people still struggling with the devastation created by local flooding in April and May.)

Earlier today, AT&T announced they were providing a $20,000 gift to assist with ongoing local flood relief efforts caused by the overflowing of the Mississippi River and area storms last April and May. Chuck Thomas, AT&T regional director – external affairs, presented the check to United Way of the Mid-South before a crowd made up of people from the nonprofit sector, business leaders, government employees and local citizens.

Chuck Thomas from AT&T (left) presents a check for $20,000 from AT&T to assist local flood relief work to Bryce Haugsdahl (far right). Mayor AC Wharton (center) made the announcement earlier this morning. Ephrie Johnson (right of Wharton), President and CEO of Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc. and her organization will use the funds for local needs.

AC Wharton, Jr., Mayor of the City of Memphis, made the announcement and said the availability of these relief funds will assist local residents with transitional needs. The funds were distributed to United Way of the Mid-South and will be used by Neighborhood Christian Center in the form of gift cards for clothing, food or gas or monetary assistance for rent or utilities.

Ephrie Johnson, President and CEO of Neighborhood Christian Centers, announced that people interested in the gift cards and/or monetary assistance should contact Neighborhood Christian Centers in person at 785 Jackson Avenue in Memphis. People should bring a valid photo ID from the state, a FEMA registration number on a letter or application, proof of residence at the time of flooding, a rental agreement or lease if applying for rental assistance, and a copy of a utility bill if requesting utility assistance. Applications will be received from July 25th thru July 29th from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. only. For further questions, please call Neighborhood Christian Centers at 901.881.6013.

“AT&T is proud to be a part of the Memphis community,” Thomas said, adding, “we’re proud to lend a hand to help our community recover from the Mississippi floods… we not only work here in Memphis, but we live here too, and we are glad to help our friends and neighbors.”

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