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IRVING, Texas -- Exxon Mobil Corp., operator of more than 4,900 convenience stores, has donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross to aid the victims of a devastating typhoon that battered the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam earlier this wee.
The donation will help the organization provide emergency assistance tailored to the needs of individuals and families who were left homeless by this storm, such meals and groceries, water, clothing, emergency medication and health services.
President George W. Bush yesterday declared the U.S. territory a federal disaster area. The typhoon, named Pongsona, knocked out all electricity and phone systems on the island. Water and sewer systems are not expected to be fully operational for several weeks.
"Our thoughts are with the people of Guam who once again find themselves in desperate need of assistance due to a natural disaster. This is the second time in less than five months that Guam is being struck by a truly devastating typhoon and we applaud the Red Cross for its efforts," said Hal Cramer, president of ExxonMobil Fuels Marketing Co. "The fact that ExxonMobil has a long history in Guam and that our own employees are being directly affected makes this disaster very personal."