October 31, 2012

Red Cross Raises $11-Million in Sandy Relief Efforts

A Red Cross volunteer comforts the resident of a damaged house in Toms River, N.J. (Les Stone/American Red Cross)

The American Red Cross announced that it has received more than $11-million in donations for its efforts to help the millions of families displaced by Superstorm Sandy.

Among the gifts announced today by donors to the Red Cross National Disaster Fund:

• The New York Yankees have given $500,000 to the charity to support relief efforts in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

• Citi Foundation has given $1-million, on top of the $500,000 it gives annually to the disaster fund.

• CVS Caremark, the pharmacy chain, has given $50,000 in cash from its CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and another $50,000 in food and bottled water, which will be distributed to storm victims in New Jersey.

• United Airlines Foundation has announced it will provide up to $50,000 to match donations made to the Red Cross, Feeding America, or AmeriCares on the Crowdrise fundraising platform. It will also give members of its frequent-flier program bonus miles for contributing to those charities.

Emma Carew Grovum contributed to this report. The figures for Citi Foundation's giving have been corrected.

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