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Google, Exxon, Caterpillar … Corporate America donates millions to Harvey relief

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A woman is helped out of a Houston Police dive team boat after being rescued from the Meyerland area during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey August 27, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Hurricane Harvey left a trail of devastation Saturday after the most powerful storm to hit the US mainland in over a decade slammed into Texas, destroying homes, severing power supplies and forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Corporate giants are making big contributions to disaster relief organizations to help victims of Tropical Storm Harvey.

Over 1,000 people were rescued overnight from record floods in the Houston area. So far, the storm has killed two people in Texas, according to authorities. They expect the death toll to rise.

The storm could leave behind almost $40 billion worth of damage, according to an early estimate from CoreLogic on Friday. Data from the firm published before Harvey hit Friday showed that roughly 232,721 homes on the Texas coast were in the storm’s path.

People can donate directly to the Red Cross by calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Beware of scams related to Hurricane relief funds. Be certain of what organization you are donating to.

Here’s what companies are doing to help.


The Caterpillar Foundation donated $300,000 to the Red Cross to help with immediate relief efforts for Harvey.

Exxon Mobil

Exxon Mobil on Friday said it’s donating $500,000 to Red Cross organizations along the U.S. Gulf Coast to aid with relief efforts.


Google is making a $250,000 Google.org grant to the Red Cross and matching employee donations up to $250,000.


The Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of health insurance company Humana, on Saturday gave a $250,000 immediate grant to the Red Cross.


The home improvement retailer on Saturday announced a $500,000 contribution to American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help provide food, shelter and supplies to those impacted by Harvey and other crises.

At Lowe’s stores in Texas, customers can also make a donation to the Red Cross.

United Airlines

The airline will give up to three million bonus miles to MileagePlus members who donate to disaster relief organizations such as the Red Cross or AmeriCares. United will also match the first $100,000 raised in donations.


Walmart and the Walmart Foundation said they would give cash and product donations of at least $1 million to organizations like the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Convoy of Hope.

Western Union

The money transfer company’s foundation announced a $30,000 donation to the Red Cross on Sunday. The Western Union Foundation will also match “qualifying” contributions from its agents.

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Western Union will also provide free money transfers when users send funds to Texas from the U.S.


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