CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation announced today a donation of $100,000 to the Greater Chattanooga Area Red Cross Chapter to assist victims of the extensive storm and tornado damage in Chattanooga and surrounding counties.

The donation is intended to assist in the Red Cross’ relief and recovery efforts, including food and water, shelter and emotional support to victims of the storms.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted by these unprecedented storms, including our own employees who are dealing with the tragic aftermath of these terrible events,” said Vicky Gregg, BlueCross CEO. “Along with the difficult images, we now witness many hopeful scenes as well – examples of courage, compassion and volunteer spirit. We are happy to assist the Red Cross in helping our communities cope with this disaster.”

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BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's mission is to provide its customers and communities with peace of mind through affordable solutions for health and healing, life and living. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on reinventing the health plan for its 3 million members in Tennessee and across the country. Through its integrated health management approach, BlueCross provides patient-centric products and services that drive health improvement and positively impact health care quality and value. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company's website at www.bcbst.com.