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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said initial corporate donations to the relief effort could total more than $100 million, including $5 million from Chevron Corp., $3 million each from JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup, $2 million from Pfizer Inc. and $1 million from insurer State Farm.

The Walt Disney Co. contributed $2.5 million, $1 million of which will go to the American Red Cross and the rest for rebuilding efforts and volunteer centers helping affected communities.

Nissan North America sent 50 trucks. Anheuser-Busch offered more than 825,000 cans of water. Sprint Nextel Corp. donated 3,000 walkie talkie-type phones for emergency personnel.

Seven truckloads of crackers and cookies were on the way thanks to Kellogg Co. Two dozen cars and trucks were offered by General Motors Corp. Home Depot and Lowe’s pledged cash and manpower, while Culligan International sent five truckloads of water.

More than 100 tractor trailers from as far away as California and Wisconsin were on their way to aid Katrina’s victims in southwest Alabama with food, water, ice and blankets.

“It’s a good feeling to help. They don’t have food, no water, blankets or anything,” said driver Tim Cupp, who is ready to deliver a truck full of Meals-Ready-to-Eat. “It’s hard to put yourself in their shoes.”

The Red Cross has received 21 million from PRIVATE DONATIONS. Each of us needs to do something. It is easy to blame or accuse but most of these people live below poverty and didn’t have the means to leave and no where to go. Despite our feelings- we still need to help out our fellow man. Tell us how you are helping.

Smaller efforts have also begun. At Ragin’ Cajun, a popular Creole restaurant in Hermosa Beach, Calif., the Domingue family — natives of Lafayette, La. — collected more than $550 to help a friend’s business that was wiped out by flood waters.

In Pensacola, Fla., Richard and Sarah Trimble left their own storm-damaged home to drive to Mississippi to help feed victims of Katrina. They were with more than 100 members of two faith-based organizations who set out in a 31-truck convoy that included mobile kitchens and showers.

“We get more out of it than the people we serve,” said 68-year-old Chester Gunn, of Brandon, Fla. “To see the people standing in front of you with tears running down their eyes and saying ’Thank you’ — that’s something that money can’t buy.”

Telethons reminiscent of benefits for tsunami and Sept. 11 victims were announced Wednesday featuring artists such as Wynton Marsalis, John Mellencamp, the Dave Matthews Band and Green Day. Jerry Lewis’ annual Labor Day fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association will also appeal for donations to hurricane victims. The MDA said it would contribute $1 million.

The world of sports jumped in, as well, with the National Football League and New York Yankees each donating $1 million to the American Red Cross. Tennis player Serena Williams offered to donate $100 for every ace she hits the rest of the year.

In Detroit, the owners of Community Bowling Centers planned to donate 50 percent of their revenue from three counties during a Labor Day bowl-a-thon. And Florida State University asked fans to donate during a football game Monday against rival Miami.

In Green Bay, Wis., star NFL quarterback Brett Favre spoke emotionally about the devastation in his boyhood home of Kiln, Miss. He said the Packers flew relief supplies to Tennessee on the team plane for distribution in Hattiesburg, Miss., and further south.

7 Comments

  1. Avatar hot mama said:

    I wish we were closer so we could open our house for some people. My heart breaks for the little people. When they show them with tears running down their faces it breaks my heart. I’m sure our church will have a collection and that is about we can do from so far away, and pray. Nana

    September 2, 2005
  2. Avatar Erin said:

    I know, but Kellog makes other things too. I just thought it was kinda funny that all they gave was that. I just want to make sure the people have something to eat. It is very sad to see them in this position. I wish I could do more… but for now, I may have to sell my car and buy a scooter! Hey Kris, will Matty teach me how to drive hers?

    September 2, 2005
  3. Avatar beth said:

    I’m sure Kellogg did cookies and crackers because that is what they produce E. Why should the poor people have their sugar, would you want to be without it? They need their dessert too!

    September 1, 2005
  4. Avatar Kay said:

    Here is the general announcement that went out to us from Anne Mulcahy, our CEO. The Xerox Foundation will research various areas and will direct monies to various channels.

    To Xerox People:

    I know you are as horrified as I am at the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. The images pouring in from Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi tell a story of almost unspeakable tragedy and loss. Our hearts and prayers go out to all those who have been impacted.

    Fortunately, we are not aware of any loss of life within the Xerox family. That, at least, is some consolation.

    News from the impacted areas, as you can imagine, is trickling in slowly. As we learn more about the impact on our people, facilities, customers and businesses, we will relay that to you through the WebBoard as we learn of organizations we can recommend to you. Some information is already posted and I encourage you to check it out. We will update information at least daily – – more frequently if that’s appropriate.

    As is our tradition, Xerox will be generous in its response to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. It may take a few days to sort out where our financial contribution can have the most impact. As soon as we have decided, we will let you know. For those of you who want to make a personal contribution, you will find some suggestions on our WebBoard. Whether you give and where you give, of course, is a very personal decision.

    One very constructive thing we all can do is keep the victims in our prayers. We are a remarkably resilient people and we will get through this. I’m sure you share my awe of those people captured on television thanking God that they are safe and vowing to put their lives back together no matter how great their loss has been. We owe them our support and you can be sure we will do what we can to help them.

    Sincerely,

    Anne M. Mulcahy
    Chairman & CEO

    September 1, 2005
  5. Avatar Erin said:

    We have put out donation boxes and asked people to contribute at work, although for us it is difficult since so many people are fearing they might lose their jobs and so many are taking pay cuts already. We are trying to give a little.

    I have a weird question though – COOKIES AND CRACKERS??? And only 7 truckloads? Is that going to feed 25,000 people? Couldn’t we do better than that? Apples, fruit, nuts, cereal even… canned soups, vegetables, MREs… Something better than cookies or crackers. I guess something is better than nothing, but if I am hungry a pack of cookies and a pack of crackers is not going to help. Maybe it’s just me…

    September 1, 2005
  6. Avatar Sue said:

    The schools here are taking monetary donations in the schools name this Frriday (pay day)and it will be one of the first "character ed" lessons we will be working on in the afterschool program. You are so right. It compares to 9/11.

    September 1, 2005
  7. Avatar La said:

    Our school kids are making "Heart to Heart Care Kits" They include basic hygiene items. We pack them 10 to a banana box (which Linda is out picking up as I write this) and then sent them to Heart to Heart International.We are also taking monetary donations and have called local business to match what we collect. This is such a "teachable moment" for children. Empathy, empowerment, compassion- things so many don’t have or know about. And so we teach and we reach out.

    September 1, 2005

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