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Shell Oil Co. said it is hoping to help disaster relief efforts in Houston as residents there try to dig out of massive flooding that left nearly 20 people dead and thousands more homeless.
"The Red Cross is doing a phenomenal job trying to help people in the Houston area recover from the effects of this tragic flooding," said Steve Miller, chairman and CEO of Shell Oil Co. "Shell has always believed strongly in supporting our community and helping our neighbors and employees. This is one way we can lend support to the Red Cross in their flood relief efforts."
In addition, Motiva Enterprises LLC and Equilon Enterprises LLC, the Houston-based alliance companies, which Shell owns in partnership with Texaco Inc. and Saudi Refining Inc., pledged $50,000 to the Red Cross. The alliance companies have committed to spend up to $200,000 to provide bottled water and other necessities to residents on Houston's east side, one of the hardest hit areas.
Shell employees also joined in the disaster relief efforts. Shell volunteers are answering telephones in a community-wide telethon to raise public contributions for the American Red Cross effort to help flood victims. Volunteers are also helping staff two collection sites that are providing supplies to relief shelters throughout Houston.
Independent Shell dealers throughout Texas also began accepting food and monetary donations to help residents displaced from their homes.