Boeing has promised $250,000 for disaster recovery and relief work in Mississippi and Alabama after deadly tornadoes in late March.

“Our hearts go out to all those impacted by the recent tornadoes in Mississippi and Alabama,” said Ziad Ojakli, executive vice president of government operations, who said the cash would go to organisations working in areas hit by the twisters, which killed 21 people and destroyed over 1,600 houses.

Boeing said it would give $100,000 to the American Red Cross to maintain shelters and fund comfort kits, clean-up kits and meals, $100,000 to Feeding America to to fund food distribution efforts and $50,000 to Samaritan’s Purse to support clean-up work.

“Thanks to Boeing’s generous donation, the American Red Cross, alongside our partners, is able to support families who experienced the heartbreaking tornadoes and storms across the South,” said Anne McKeough, chief development officer at the American Red Cross.

“I am in Mississippi at our Samaritan’s Purse disaster relief work sites in Rolling Fork and Silver City, and we are so grateful for Boeing’s generosity in support of our tornado relief efforts here,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse.