Burger King Corp. Gifts Red Cross with New Emergency Response Vehicles
Miami, FL (January 5, 2012) — The American Red Cross recently rolled out 10 new emergency response vehicles, generously provided by Burger King Corp. (BKC).
South Florida Red Cross is a grateful recipient of one of these new vehicles, which we call “ERVs.”
A dedication ceremony was held Monday, December 12, at Burger King’s global headquarters, 5505 Blue Lagoon Dr., Miami.
Earlier this year, the restaurant chain collected contributions from its customers over a six-week period in support of the Red Cross. The collected donations were used solely to purchase as many ERVs as possible to serve communities across the country.
“We are very thankful to BKC for their commitment in helping the community in times of disaster,” said Sam Tidwell, CEO, American Red Cross South Florida Region. “These vehicles are essential in disaster relief operations. They provide mobile and stationary feedings, distribution of items, and, if needed, are used to do casework and transfer supplies.”
The 10 new ERVs feature the BURGER KING logo as a way to recognize the company’s generous contribution. The new vehides join a fleet of more than 300 Red Cross emergency vehicles around the country and have already been used in disaster relief operations in Alabama, Indiana, Illinois, Louisiana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Miami.
Pictured: the ribbon cutting in front of the new ERV, from left: Peter Giamalva- Red Cross Division Vice President of Development; Cesar Gonzalez- Chief of Staff for U. S. Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart; U. S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros Lehtinen; Steve Wiborg- President, Burger King Corp. North America; Glen Helton- Senior Vice President, Burger King Corp.; Sam Tidwell- CEO, American Red Cross, South Florida Region.
Photo credits: Courtesy of Burger King Corp.