Lilly foundation gives to aid storm victims

June 9, 2008

Eli Lilly and Co. Foundation, the charitable arm of Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co., will give $100,000 to help Indiana tornado and flood victims.

The Lilly foundation will donate the money to the Disaster Relief Fund of the American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis, which will coordinate food, shelter, medical supplies and other essential items for those affected by storms in the last two weeks.

The American Red Cross has established emergency shelters in eight of Indiana's hardest-hit counties. The agency also has established a hotline to connect flood victims with a response center where volunteers can provide details about shelter locations and other information. The phone number is: 1-866-GET-INFO (438-4636).

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has declared more than 44 Indiana counties disaster areas as a result of deadly tornadoes and severe storms. This weekend, an estimated 10,000 Hoosiers were evacuated from flooded homes.

"The scope and the magnitude of disaster caused by the storms over the past two weeks is nothing less than dramatic," said Lilly CEO John Lechleiter, in a statement. "We hope that our funds will help our fellow Hoosiers in this time of need."

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