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IRVING, Texas -- Exxon Mobil Corp. has contributed $100,000 from the ExxonMobil Foundation to the American Red Cross to aid the thousands of victims devastated by Hurricane Charley. The American Red Cross has opened about 250 emergency shelters providing relief, meals and shelter to more than 40,000 people.
The storm, which emergency officials pronounced to be the worst to hit Florida since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, has caused billions of dollars in damage and killed at least 17 people.
"We commend the Red Cross for its immediate response to Hurricane Charley and recognize their tireless efforts in ensuring that additional funds and resources are available to meet the needs of those affected by this natural disaster," said Bob Rich, executive vice president, ExxonMobil fuels marketing. "With more than 3,500 employees, retirees and contractors in the state of Florida, as well as retail stores, this disaster is extremely personal to us."
Skip Skeiz, senior vice president of growth and integrated development for the American Red Cross, said, "Because of the generosity of donors such as ExxonMobil, the Red Cross is able to respond immediately to victims' needs as a result of this disaster. ExxonMobil has been a long-standing partner in our relief efforts in the past, and it is with this type of leadership commitment that we can provide an immediate response and support to those struggling to rebuild lives shattered by disaster."