JEFFERSON CITY — Debbie Breazeale, of Shell Oil U.S., made a special trip from Houston to Missouri last week bearing gifts to aid those impacted by this year’s tornadoes and floods. In a ceremony at the offices of the State Emergency Management Agency on Thursday, Nov. 10, Breazeale presented Jim Eckrich, chair of the Missouri Interfaith Disaster Response Organization (MIDRO), with a check for $20,000 and 100 Shell Oil gift cards worth $50 each.
MIDRO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, whose members are from diverse faith backgrounds, with a common mission to provide assistance to people and communities impacted by disaster, regardless of race, religion, sex or legal status, particularly the needs that are unmet by other relief programs.
“We appreciate the generosity Shell Oil has shown toward Missourians impacted by disasters, and also thank them for entrusting MIDRO with the means to help them,” said Eckrich, director of disaster response for Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri. Eckrich said MIDRO plans to advise local long-term recovery committees of the availability of the funds and gift cards, so they can apply to access them.
Breazeale, a long-time employee of Shell Oil’s Social Investment division, said the company has made similar donations to other states impacted by disasters this year.
Contact: Jim Eckrich, 314-754-2726