In anticipation of spring tornadoes, Angelica Corp. is once again donating bed and bath linens through local charitable organizations to help victims begin the recovery process.
The aid is designed to demonstrate Angelica’s commitment to give back to the communities it serves. That pledge was put to the test most recently in January, when Angelica donated textile goods to help rebuilding efforts following a deadly tornado in Trussville, AL. This storm devastated areas near Birmingham, AL, with winds of up to 150 mph. Two victims died in the tornado, while hundreds were injured and more than 200 homes were destroyed.
“Clean sheets and towels are so easy to take for granted, but for disaster survivors, those simple comforts are a step toward normal after their world’s been torn apart,” said Aly Merritt, marketing manager of healthcare linen service for Angelica. “We feel it’s only right that we do our part to help comfort this community after these horrifying storms.”
Other recent disasters in which Angelica has provided aid include an April 27, 2011, storm that caused widespread damage to large areas of Alabama and Georgia. In the aftermath of that storm, Angelica Corp. plants in Rockmart, GA; and Ooltewah, TN; donated thermal blankets, towels, washcloths, sheets and pillowcases to assist in the relief effort.
The donations were made in partnership with the Carl Black Automotive Group, which coordinated local relief efforts and provided trucks and drivers to deliver the linens to people in need. “It is a wonderful partnership,” said Jay McAnnally of Carl Black Automotive Group. “We know we can count on the great people at Angelica to meet the needs of tornado victims.”