Americans Aiding Americans Now Up to an Amazing $568 Million for Hurricane Katrina Relief
Chuck Simmins has the details of this incredible outpouring of help from Americans across the country for the Gulf Coast victims of Hurricane Katrina. In addition to the total figure, Chuck is maintaining a database of gifts by corporations, charities and philanthropic organizations.
He notes the total includes $17 million from Wal-Mart, plus $3 million in merchandise, as well as an additional $15 million from the Walton Family Foundation. I believe individual members of the Walton family have contributed approximately $8 million as well. Chuck also suggests spending some time on the Wal-Mart web site where you will discover the company had about 34,000 employees and reported damage to 89 of its stores in the disaster area.
Cindy Canevaro of EDS headquarters in Dallas (Full Disclosure: Cindy is also my sweet sister) told me yesterday of a Wal-Mart in McKinney, a Dallas suburb, that just recently opened a new Supercenter that replaced a more traditional facility across the street.
The old store was scheduled to be destroyed but when Katrina struck, Wal-Mart converted the facility into an evacuation center for refugees from the hurricane. Jim Getz of The Dallas Morning News has an excellent story (requires free registration) on the McKinney Wal-Mart that became home for hundreds of hurricane victims.
Rick Brady at Stones Cry Out has some thoughts on the origin of the willingness of so many to give so much to help the people of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama who were victimized Hurricane Katrina. It takes a culture of giving and it doesn't just happen by itself.