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IRVING, Texas -- In the aftermath of Hurricane Rita, Exxon Mobil Corp. gave $3 million in direct contributions to relief and recovery efforts.
One million dollars will be given to the Texas Disaster Relief Fund initiated by Gov. Rick Perry to provide immediate assistance to citizens in need as a result of Hurricane Rita. Another $1 million will be donated to the Emergency Relief Fund for Hurricane Rita Recovery for local relief efforts in the Jefferson County, Texas, area that covers the communities of Beaumont, Port Arthur and Sabine Pass. The remaining funds will be contributed to other agencies participating in hurricane relief efforts.
"Many communities, as well as ExxonMobil employees and families, have been impacted by yet another natural disaster, the full extent of which is still being assessed," said Lee Raymond, chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil. "Our thoughts and prayers are with our employees and the communities facing difficult challenges in the aftermath of Hurricane Rita."
In addition to the direct company contribution, ExxonMobil announced that its previously created hurricane relief matching program for employees, retirees, surviving spouses, dealers and distributors worldwide will be extended until March 31, 2006. The ExxonMobil Hurricane Relief Matching Program will provide a one-to-one match of individual contributions up to $50,000 to specific organizations that provide assistance to affected areas.
ExxonMobil is also continuing to donate fuel to emergency responders through its fuel donation program. This program is designed to assist "first responders" in the impacted areas in Texas and Louisiana in circumstances where traditional suppliers or FEMA cannot accommodate the fuel needs. First responders include police, fire and rescue squads, and hospital and medical facilities that are providing rescue efforts and addressing critical community needs.