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Gulfstream donates $10,000 to tornado disaster fund
Bryan Tornado April 5 8
Damage from the April 5, 2022 tornado that destroyed the Gunter family home in Ellabell. In back is a portion of the frame of the family's fifth-wheel camper, which was blown into the treeline. - photo by Jeff Whitten, Editor

Gulfstream Aerospace has donated $10,000 to the Bryan County Disaster Response Fund, set up by United Way of the Coastal Empire in response to the deadly tornado on April 5 in several communities in Bryan County.

“Gulfstream actively supports our community in many ways and as soon as we understood the losses experienced in North Bryan County this week, we wanted to help,” said Mark Bennett, Operations Manager with Gulfstream. “We have long partnered with United Way of the Coastal Empire. We were happy to see they were establishing a Bryan County Disaster Response Fund.”

The Bryan County Disaster Response Fund will provide critical emergency support to impacted Bryan County residents in need of temporary shelter, food and gas cards, replacement of clothing, medicine, and more. United Way hopes to raise enough through donations to also assist in the long-term recovery of the community in partnership with emergency management leadership, Bryan County Family Connections, and others.

“We are so thankful Gulfstream stepped up so quickly and we welcome others,” said Brynn Grant, United Way of the Coastal Empire President and CEO. “Pembroke is a close and compassionate community and their rise to action has been inspiring to witness. For residents in neighboring counties and business leaders that want to help, we invite you to join Gulfstream in donating to this fund.”

Donations can be made by texting “HelpToday” to 40403 or by visiting the United Way of the Coastal Empire website at Bryan County residents impacted by the tornado should call 211 for assistance.

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