Apple donates $2.5 million to the American Red Cross, Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

On behalf of its employees, Apple has donated $2.5 million to the American Red Cross to aid in their Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Hurricane Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricane in modern memory, devastating the eastern seaboard from the Caribbean to the northeastern United States between October 22 and October 31, 2012, causing damages estimated to be in excess of $20 billion, and incalculable human impact. Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, informed employees of the donation yesterday via email. Seth Weintraub from 9to5Mac got a hold of a copy. It reads, in part:

We hope this contribution will help businesses, families, and communities recover and rebuild.

Gail McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross, thanked Apple for their donations in a separate, linked, letter.

U.S residents who want to contribute as well can do so directly via iTunes.

Although Sandy turned before we got anything more than a lot of wind and rain up here in Montreal, several of our Mobile Nations friends and family in New Jersey and West Virginia area were without power for days, their homes and offices flooded, their lives deeply affected. To everyone who's suffered through Sandy, be well and comeback fast. To everyone who has donated, thank you.

To read Tim Cook's full letter, hit the link below.

Source: 9to5Mac

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Apple donates $2.5 million to the American Red Cross, Hurricane Sandy relief efforts


I grew up in Middletown, NJ, one of the areas pretty badly effected by Sandy. My mom and her new husband lost their home and maybe his business. I have countless friends still suffering through the after-effects of Sandy but I know this money will go a long way in helping my area recover, rebuild and improve conditions. Thanks to Tim Cook and Apple for this generous donation. It means a lot to me and I'm sure everyone else so badly effected in NY, NJ and all over.

"On behalf of its employees..."
And from 9to5mac
"Apple will donate $2.5 million to the Red Cross to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims. Apple previously set up a page in iTunes for donating directly to the Red Cross, and Apple says it collected millions from both Apple customers and employees."
I wonder how many millions they collected and how much did Apple match that donation.

Apple should say that they will donate all the money coming from the lawsuit with Samsung and making it headline to say thank you to Samsung, not Apple. That will be classic!

Apple donates $2.5 million to Red Cross.........

.......Red Cross uses $2 million for salaries & "other expenses".

Sad but true.

How generous of them...

Over 100 billion in the bank and all they can spare is 2.5 million to help the people that helped them get that rich.