City Launches #GarlandStrong Fundraising Campaign

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The day after Christmas 2015 was filled with family time and post-holiday errands for most north Texans, until an EF4 tornado ripped through the region, including parts of Garland. The tornado struck near Interstate 30 and the President George Bush Turnpike. Nine people lost their lives that night in vehicles that were swept off a highway overpass. More than 1,100 structures were impacted in south Garland. Assessors declared 127 of those structures destroyed and categorized 219 more as unsafe. Now, hundreds of Garland residents are navigating the road to recovery.

Garland is a strong community that has worked tirelessly to help our neighbors since this disaster hit. To continue that support of our fellow community members in need, the #GarlandStrong campaign is raising funds to help with the rebuilding process - to address needs that cannot be met by insurance or non-profit assistance. As you can imagine, these long-term recovery efforts are expected to be substantial.

All of these funds will be used to help citizens recover and rebuild by assisting with home repair, vehicle replacement and repairs, and medical needs. A panel of local non-profit leaders will assess the requests for these funds and make recommendations for distribution.

Make a Donation 

Atmos Energy kicked off the fundraising effort with a $50,000 contribution, given through its Atmos Energy/Robert W. Best Charitable Giving Fund.

Here are a Few Ways Your Business can Make a Difference

  • Sponsor a fundraising event within your organization or for the general public
  • Provide publicity support for the campaign through banners, posters or advertisements
  • Make a direct contribution to the campaign

To donate, visit, or write a check payable to Garland Tornado Relief Fund and mail to:

City of Garland
Attn: Steve Anderson
P.O. Box 461808
Garland, TX 75046-1808

For special recognition options, contact City of Garland Public & Media Relations:

Dorothy White
(972) 205-2879

We encourage you to support the recovery of the Garland community in whatever way you can. If your business would like to host an event to benefit the Garland Tornado Relief Fund, please let us know. For more information about long-term recovery activities, visit the City's Tornado Information web page.

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