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Hurricane Relief Efforts (#4)

September 22, 2008

We continue to track (see also here, here, and here) corporate and foundation support for hurricane relief and recovery efforts along the Gulf Coast. Here's the latest on that front:

The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment has announced a $10 million gift to the Salvation Army to assist with ongoing relief efforts in the aftermath of hurricanes that have affected large portions of the Gulf Coast and Midwest.

The Hess Corporation has announced that it will donate $3 million to the Hurricane Ike Relief Fund.

Toyota and Koch Industries, Inc. will contribute $1 million to relief and recovery efforts, while BHP Billiton has announced that it will donate $500,000 to support relief efforts in communities affected by Hurricane Ike.

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair has announced that he is donating $500,000 to relief and recovery efforts, to be matched by the National Football League and NFL Players Association.

Major League Baseball has announced that it will donate $500,000 to the Hurricane Ike Relief Fund.

The Comerica Charitable Foundation will contribute $100,000 to the American Red Cross and $10,000 to the Houston-based Sheltering Arms Senior Services organization to support Hurricane Ike relief efforts.

NeighborWorks America is providing $45,000 in emergency relief grants to organizations in the Houston-metro area. The grants will support NeighborWorks organizations helping residents who are having difficulty reaching FEMA and Red Cross distribution centers.

Farm Aid, the charity founded by singer Willie Nelson to help small family farms, has pledged to donate $30,000 to the families most affected by Hurricanes Ike and Gustav.

The National Cattlemen's Foundation has announced a $10,000 donation to assist cattlemen affected by Hurricane Ike.

Soles4Souls, Inc., the international shoe charity that gives shoes to needy people, has sent 85,000 pairs of new shoes to aid in Hurricane Ike relief efforts.

And anyone who makes a $100 donation to the Vince Young Foundation Hurricane Ike Relief Fund will get an autographed photo of Young, the former University of Texas football star and Tennessee Titans quarterback. Those who make a $250 donation will receive an autographed football.

-- Regina Mahone

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