MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - The flood waters are receding in Houston, but thousands of families are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and FedEx is offering some much-needed relief Friday.
Friday, FedEx loaded an A300 Airbus at the Memphis International Airport, carrying 20,000 ready-to-eat meals to the Red Cross to support its disaster relief efforts. The company donated $1 million in support to victims.
It's been nearly a week after Hurricane Harvey slammed the Texas coast and desperate residents remain stranded without food and water. The city of Houston is drying out, but the damage Hurricane Harvey has done is devastating. According to the Department of Homeland Security, 100,000 homes have been damaged and the death toll has climbed to above 40 people. 72,000 people have been rescued.
FedEx's director of global citizenship Jenny Robertson explained why this relief effort hits so close to home. "Personally, I'm not only a FedExer, I'm a native Texan, so this means quite a lot to me, not only to be help the communities that I grew up in, but also to be part of the operation at FedEx to help provide this relief."
The meals that are being sent to the victims are similar to what the military eat when they are in combat. The meals are easy to send since they don't have to be refrigerated.