The National Tornado Summit is pleased to announce the donation of its Marriott Rewards points to the American Red Cross. The points were accumulated by scheduling the 2012 and 2013 conventions at the Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel and Spa.

"This donation just makes sense," said National Tornado Summit Committee co-chairman John Wiscaver. "After a disaster, many families have nowhere to go. This gift helps them make that first step toward recovery by fulfilling one of their most immediate and basic needs, shelter."

The donation of 100,000 points will allow the American Red Cross to provide disaster victims up to 13 room nights at Marriott Corp. properties. The charity also has the option of converting the points to 15,000 airline miles.

"Donations like this are the foundation of how the Red Cross works," said Regional Chief Executive Officer Janienne Bella. "If not for these types of donations from Marriott and the National Tornado Summit, we could not respond to the many disasters we see around the state."