TAMKO Building Products donated $100,000 to the Ozark Chapter of the American Red Cross to help with tornado relief efforts in Baxter Springs, Kansas and Quapaw, Oklahoma. Tornadoes hit Baxter Springs and Quapaw just after 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, 2014. TAMKO President and CEO David Humphreys presented the $100,000 check to Debi Meeds, CEO of the Southern Missouri Region of the Red Cross, on May 2, 2014.
“This is an incredible gift,” Meeds told the Joplin Globe. “Because of the support from community partners like TAMKO, we are able to help these families on their road to disaster recovery.”
TAMKO, which was founded in Joplin, Missouri in 1944, has been a big part of the community for more than 70 years. Today, the company has several manufacturing facilities in the Joplin-area, as well as its headquarters. Joplin is only minutes from the Baxter Springs community. TAMKO is one of the largest privately-owned manufacturers of residential and commercial roofing products in the country.
TAMKO also provided a sizeable donation to the American Red Cross following the Joplin tornado of 2011 to help with relief efforts and to encourage others to make donations as well. During the Joplin tornado, the Baxter Springs and Quapaw communities stepped up to help the Joplin community, and Humphreys said he believed Joplin should do the same to help them.
“Baxter Springs and Quapaw supported the Joplin community after the 2011 tornado,” Humphreys said. “We feel that the Joplin community should be equally supportive in their time of need.” As with the Joplin tornado, Humphreys said he hoped TAMKO’s donation would inspire others to also make donations to help tornado victims.
At the time of the donation, Meeds said that Red Cross relief efforts would focus on immediate basic needs, including food, shelter and clothing. The Red Cross’ focus would be on making sure families have a safe place to stay and the basic needs like food and shelter.