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Shell Oil Co. yesterday announced a $5 million contribution to support relief efforts for those affected by the tragic terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
The relief assistance includes $3 million to go to The September 11th Fund, which was established last week for victims and their families by the United Way; $1million will go to the Cantor Fitzgerald Foundation, a London-based bond company that is believed to have lost an astonishing 700 of the company's 1,000 employees beneath the rubble of the World Trade Center; and $1 million for The Survivors' Fund, established for victims of the attack on the Pentagon.
"In the wake of these devastating events, our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected," said Steve Miller, chairman, president and CEO of the Houston-based oil company. "The loss of life is appalling. Although America's national security has been breached, our resilience and the resoluteness with which we are recovering from these horrible times is testimony to our indomitable spirit. All Shell employees join together in the hope that these funds will help speed the recovery and relief efforts."
Aside from last week's attacks, more than 100 Shell Oil employees and students from the Los Angeles Shell Youth Training Academy joined with other school and community groups, corporations and individuals to participate in the 16th annual International Coastal Cleanup of beaches, rivers, and waterways.
Local volunteers combed Santa Monica Beach Sept. 15 for discarded cigarette filters, deflated balloons and other pieces of litter in an attempt to keep the beach clean.
California Coastal Cleanup Day has been coordinated by Heal the Bay in conjunction with Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors, the City of Santa Monica, the city of Culver City, the City of Torrance, and the California Coastal Commission.
This year, Houston-based Shell donated $25,000 to the International Cleanup and provided approximately 1,300 Shell volunteers in California, Texas and Louisiana.
"It's important that we keep our beaches clean and safe for people and marine life alike," said Bob Russ Shell's community relations manager for Southern California "It's wonderful to see so many volunteers taking pride in the coastal clean up efforts."