First Data Western Union Foundation Donates US$1 Million to Aid Victims of Asia Tsunamis

Dec 28, 2004, 00:00 ET from First Data Western Union Foundation

    DENVER, Dec. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The First Data Western Union
 Foundation today announced that it will make a donation of US$1 million to the
 International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to support
 victims in the Asian countries most impacted by the recent earthquake and
 tsunamis that struck the region.  The donation is the single largest donation
 made by the Foundation since its inception in 2000.
     "Many of our consumers, employees and agents live in the countries that
 were devastated by this natural disaster," said Christina Gold, president,
 Western Union Financial Services.  "This monetary contribution made by the
 Foundation is a way to lend a hand and show support in the rebuilding
     People in the U.S. and Canada wishing to make individual donations to
 support disaster relief efforts can visit a Western Union agent location and
 complete a money transfer directly to the International Federation of Red
 Cross and Red Crescent Societies free of charge.
     The Western Union Money Transfer service also is available in many areas
 that were affected by the tsunamis, so family and friends around the world can
 continue to transfer money to loved ones living in the impacted areas.  In
 some cases, Western Union locations may be temporarily closed and the company
 is working diligently to restore service as quickly as possible.  To inquire
 about service availability and the nearest Western Union location, consumers
 can call:
      U.S.                                   800-325-6000
      Asia Pacific                           (61) 2 9226 9555
      Latin America                          (011) 303-224-4284
      Europe, Middle East and Africa         (32) 2 639 7869
     Since its inception, the Foundation has made more than 30 donations to
 support disaster relief efforts around the world.  In 2004, the Foundation
 donated US$565,000 worldwide to support various disaster relief efforts.
     About Western Union Financial Services, Inc. and First Data
     Western Union Financial Services, Inc., a subsidiary of First Data Corp.
 (NYSE:   FDC) is an international leader in consumer money transfer services.
 Consumers can quickly and reliably pay bills and transfer money around the
 globe using the company's proprietary money transfer network.  Western Union
 and its subsidiary, Orlandi Valuta, together make up one of the world's
 largest money transfer networks with a total of approximately 200,000 agent
 locations in more than 195 countries and territories.  Famous for its
 pioneering telegraph service, the original Western Union dates back to 1851
 and introduced electronic money transfer service in 1871.  For more
 information, please visit the company's web site at
     First Data Corp., with global headquarters in Denver, helps power the
 global economy.  Serving approximately 3.5 million merchant locations,
 1,400 card issuers and millions of consumers, First Data makes it easy, fast
 and secure for people and businesses to buy goods and services, using
 virtually any form of payment: credit, debit, smart card, stored-value card or
 check at the point-of-sale, over the internet or by money transfer.  For more
 information, please visit the company's web site at
     About First Data Western Union Foundation
     The First Data Western Union Foundation, the charitable organization of
 First Data Corporation (NYSE:   FDC), supports philanthropic initiatives
 worldwide.  Since it's inception in December 2000, the Foundation has donated
 millions of dollars to help those most in need.  Grants are made to non-profit
 organizations in health, education and human services that strengthen and
 improve the lives of many individuals in comminutes throughout the world.
 Scholarships are given to nontraditional college students.  The Foundation
 also provides disaster relief funding to communities in need.  Additionally,
 the Foundation raises money from First Data employees and business associates
 to increase the impact of grantmaking to communities worldwide.  Please visit
 the Foundation's website at

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