Red Cross Honors U-Haul with Corporate Humanitarian Award

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. — U-Haul was honored as the 2017 Debra King Humanitarian Award corporate recipient at the annual American Red Cross Greater Phoenix Chapter’s Community Leaders Breakfast on May 19 at the Omni Scottsdale Resort.

U-Haul serves as an official Red Cross Disaster Responder and has held that distinction since 2015. The Company’s unwavering support of the Red Cross and helping communities in times of disaster goes back decades.

Two Partners, One Mission

The American Red Cross honors U-Haul with the 2017 Debra King Humanitarian Award
The American Red Cross honors U-Haul with the 2017 Debra King Humanitarian Award

“Our thousands of Team Members in the field work side-by-side with the Red Cross officials and volunteers, offering U-Haul equipment, self-storage and assistance at our locations throughout the country in times of disaster,” said Bob Wesson, U-Haul vice president of dealer and center operations.

“This is a commitment we take seriously and fulfill with great satisfaction knowing we’re truly helping people in need. The Red Cross also has a legacy of tremendous humanitarian service, and providing our infrastructure to assist its mission is a privilege.”

Jessica Lopez, U-Haul chief of staff, accepted the award. She was among 10 Team Members from various departments representing U-Haul at the event. Guests saw a video showcasing the history, community support and volunteer work of U-Haul during the awards presentation.

Providing Disaster Relief

The American Red Cross honors U-Haul with the 2017 Debra King Humanitarian Award
U-Haul Team Members Ashleigh Wagner, Zofia Sells and Tom Prefling at the American Red Cross Community Leaders Breakfast

In addition to its Red Cross commitments, U-Haul is at the forefront of aiding communities in times of distress. It does so through its 30 days free self-storage disaster relief program. Participating stores with self-storage or U-Box container availability regularly offer the 30 days disaster relief assistance when floods, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes and other devastating events wreak havoc on communities in the U.S. and Canada.

U-Haul is honored by the American Red Cross Debra King Humanitarian Award and would like to thank the Red Cross, U-Haul Team Members and U-Haul customers for their continued support.

The Red Cross assists people in need via five primary fields: disaster services; military services; preparedness and health services; international services; and blood services. In conclusion, to learn more about the Red Cross Greater Phoenix Chapter – or to donate – please visit

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