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In a joint press conference on Friday, October 26, the American Red Cross recognized The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for donating $1.5 million to the Red Cross.

The $1.5 million donation is designated to purchase 10 new-generation emergency response vehicles, which are considered to be a key part of the Red Cross’s disaster relief operations and are deployed following events like the recent hurricanes Florence and Michael in the southeastern United States.

The vehicles, with their iconic Red Cross branding, are often the first sign of relief as they arrive in hard-hit areas following disasters. “The mission of the American Red Cross cannot be fulfilled without consistent and generous partners,” said Heidi Ruster, Utah and Nevada regional executive for the Red Cross, in a press release. “We are grateful for the continued collaboration with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to make a difference in the communities we serve.”

Although historically the two organizations have collaborated for nearly a century, the organizations once again formalized their long-standing relationship by renewing the Memorandum of Understanding, which was first signed into effect in 2005, at Friday’s press conference.

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