U.S. corporations have donated millions of dollars in support of the American Red Cross’s philanthropy efforts for earthquake victims in Haiti, the humanitarian organization announced on Thursday.
Companies made donations of more than $1 million earmarked specifically for Haiti recovery and relief efforts, and more than 100 firms started employee donation campaigns in conjunction with the Red Cross. In addition, corporate members of the philanthropy group’s Annual Disaster Giving Program increased their financial commitments to the endowment after the earthquake on Tuesday, and also made donations to the Red Cross International Response Fund.
“The generous contributions and support of our corporate partners are critical to the ability of the American Red Cross to provide help and hope for the people of Haiti during their time of need,” said American Red Cross chief development officer Jeffrey Towers.
Red Cross volunteers from across the globe are mounting relief operations in the region, delivering water, food and relief supplies, as well as setting up sanitation facilities and field hospitals. Aid workers are also setting up family linking services, and providing emotional support for victims.
The philanthropy group said that it will begin shipping kits for temporary shelters in Haiti next week. The kits will include rope, tarps and tools for the construction of shelters, as well as blankets and tents. Twenty thousand families will receive kits in the first round of shipments.
“We are rushing supplies and disaster management staff to Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake, and are very grateful [for] the support of these companies for our humanitarian mission,” said Towers.
An estimated 200,000 people died in the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti’s infrastructure last Tuesday, according to statistics released this week by the European Union. A number of international aid groups have entered the country to help meet demands for aid services left unfilled by the weak Haitian government.