ExxonMobil donated $1.5 million for disaster relief assistance in Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Gustav, while General Mills pledged $200,000 dollars for the remainder of the hurricane season.
“The physical damage from Gustav’s hurricane force winds has been devastating, particularly in south Louisiana,” said Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO at ExxonMobil. “Hundreds of thousands of people will be without power for several more weeks and their homes have sustained serious water and wind damage. We hope our contribution will make a meaningful difference in the affected communities.”
ExxonMobil’s donation is being directed to the American Red Cross and the Capital Area United Way in Baton Rouge, which was among the hardest hit areas.
General Mills donated $100,000 worth of food to that area’s residents, and also pledged $100,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
“General Mills wants to reach out to these communities during this time of need to use our resources to help alleviate the hardships the region is enduring during hurricane season,” said Ellen Goldberg Luger, General Mills vice president and executive director of the Foundation.
Pennsylvania c-store chain Rutter’s, meanwhile, has donated $40,000 to the York County Library System to support its 2009 summer reading program.
The family-owned and third generation-managed Rutter’s is headquartered near York, Pa.