The Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation is donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Program to assist in efforts to aid the victims of recent hurricanes.
The disaster grant funds will be used to assist in emergency relief efforts in Alabama and Florida.
"The Foundation makes this donation with heartfelt concern for the residents of Alabama and central Florida who lost so much during these horrific disasters," said Elizabeth Crossman, Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation president. "I also want to acknowledge the efforts of our facilities in Alabama and Florida whose recommendations were instrumental in securing this grant."
The donation was recommended by Weyerhaeuser employees in Alabama and Florida, where Weyerhaeuser employs more than 1,800 men and women at some 15 facilities, producing lumber, engineered wood products, linerboard, packaging products and building materials distribution centers. The donation also includes grant funds directed to the Red Cross from Weyerhaeuser's Gulfport, Miss., Huntsville, Ala., and Plant City and Tampa, Fla. facilities.
"The generosity of The Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation exemplifies the community effort needed to continue serving those who depend on the American Red Cross," said Jim Martin, chief executive officer, Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross. "This significant donation will make a tremendous difference to those impacted by the recent hurricanes.
"The Disaster Relief Fund allows us to provide the essentials of food, shelter, clothing and mental health counseling, as well as other emergency services, to the victims of all types of disasters. Unfortunately, prior to these massive hurricanes, the Disaster Relief Fund had been almost entirely depleted by a large number of small but costly disasters. In the wake of Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan, and now Jeanne, this fund is strained more than any time in recent history," Martin said.
Along with the Foundation donation, Weyerhaeuser's Jacksonville, Fla. building materials center made a materials donation to the local Boy Scout troop to aid in relief efforts in that area.
The Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation was established in 1948. In 2003, the Foundation's grants across North America totaled nearly $10 million, supporting more than 1,000 projects.
All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.
You can help the victims of the recent hurricanes and thousands of other disasters across the country each year by making a donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need. Call 1-800-HELP NOW or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.
Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY), one of the world's largest integrated forest products companies, was incorporated in 1900. In 2003, sales were $19.9 billion. It has offices or operations in 18 countries, with customers worldwide. Weyerhaeuser is principally engaged in the growing and harvesting of timber; the manufacture, distribution and sale of forest products; and real estate construction, development and related activities. Additional information about Additional information about Weyerhaeuser's businesses, products and practices is available at www.weyerhaeuser.com.
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