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 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.
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. Such long-term recovery efforts are expected to be substantial.
Atmos Energy kicked off the fundraising effort with a $50,000 contribution, given through its Atmos Energy/Robert W. Best Charitable Giving Fund. Donations of every amount can make a difference!
To donate, visit GarlandStrong.com, or write a check payable to Garland Tornado Relief Fund, mail to:
City of Garland Attention Steve Anderson P.O. Box 461808 Garland, TX 75046-1808
Atmos Energy got the #GarlandStrong campaign off to a great start! Pictured left to right: Oric Walker, Atmos Director of Operations; Roy Moss, Atmos Operations Manager; Bryan Bradford, Garland City Manager; Stephen Stanley, Garland City Council District 3; Eva Hummel, Atmos Manager of Public Affairs; Mayor Douglas Athas, City of Garland; Jeff Martinez, Atmos VP Operations Southeast Region; Kevin Raj, Atmos Financial Analyst; Elizabeth Delgado, Atmos Operations Supervisor; Randy Thompson, Atmos Operations Supervisor.