ST. LOUIS, Jan. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In response to the tragic earthquake in Haiti, Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) is supporting the American Red Cross with a gift of $50,000. This donation is for the Disaster Relief Fund, which allows the American Red Cross to respond to disasters by providing immediate services like food, shelter and emotional support.
The Disaster Relief Fund supports the critical infrastructure that makes Red Cross disaster response possible. "The Disaster Relief Fund is the backbone of the Disaster Services program. This generous donation will support warehouses, call centers, vehicle maintenance, volunteer training, travel costs and communications for all types of disasters – like the recent earthquake in Haiti, and those closer to home," said Cindy Erickson, chief executive officer of the St. Louis Area Chapter. "We are thankful for Monsanto's gift and appreciative of their confidence in our mission."
Monsanto Company has a long history of partnering with the American Red Cross to prepare and respond to disasters. "We want to ensure that no matter where an earthquake, hurricane, flood or any other large-scale disaster strikes, the Red Cross can respond immediately," said Deborah Patterson, president of the Monsanto Fund.
In addition to the corporate contribution, the Monsanto Fund – the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company – has initiated a global disaster match program that will equal employee contributions dollar-for-dollar in support of the ongoing effort in Haiti.
The American Red Cross is continuing the massive relief operation in Haiti with support from teams around the world. Red Cross workers are establishing field hospitals, restoring water and sanitation systems, distributing supplies and helping survivors find their missing family and loved ones. It is clear that Haiti will need massive long-term relief and development, and the Red Cross will be one of the first to arrive and one of the last to leave.
People who want to help those affected by the Haitian earthquake can make a donation via www.redcross.org or by calling 314-516-2800. Mobile donors can text "Haiti" to 90999 to send a $10 donation to the Red Cross.
About the American Red Cross St. Louis Area Chapter:
Founded in 1917, the American Red Cross St. Louis Area Chapter celebrates 93 years of dedicated service, providing emergency relief and preparedness training more than 938,000 times each year. The Red Cross is a charity, not a government agency, and depends on the efforts of thousands of volunteers and donors to provide a wide range of community support services, including disaster relief, first aid and CPR training, water safety, services to military personnel and support for blood services. The Chapter, a proud United Way agency, provides programs and services to St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County and Jefferson County in Missouri, as well as Monroe, St. Clair (including Scott Air Force Base) and part of Madison County in Illinois. All disaster relief services are provided free of charge thanks to the generosity of the American people. To learn more about Red Cross programs, volunteer opportunities, and how you can help, contact the St. Louis Area Chapter at 314-516-2800 or www.redcrossstl.org .
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