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Hurricane Relief Efforts (#8)

October 30, 2008

We continue to track corporate, foundation, and public sector support for recovery efforts in the aftermath of this year's Gulf Coast hurricanes. For additional hurricane relief coverage, click here.

Texas will receive $96.5 million from the federal government to repair roads and bridges damaged by this year's natural disasters. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the government is allocating a total of $679 million to 28 states and Puerto Rico to aid storm-related relief and recovery efforts.

George M. Steinbrenner III has made a $1 million donation to support relief and recovery efforts aimed at helping those affected by hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has awarded more than $250,000 in grants for Hurricane Gustav relief, as well as $200,000 to help the communities of Lake Charles and Acadiana recover from hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

Neil Diamond has pledged $200,000 earned from merchandise sales at his October 14 concert in Houston to the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund. During the show, Diamond announced that he would match anything spent on merchandise that night.

Members of the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation have distributed Visa gift cards totaling $80,000 ($500 for families and $300 for individuals) to residents of the Texas communities of Oak Island and Smith Point.

In other news, survivors of the hurricanes that devastated Haiti this summer will receive asssistance from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), a United Nations fund set up to help countries recover from major disasters.

-- Regina Mahone

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