As many Americans are still struggling to fully recover, or in some cases start to recover, from the devastating storm that hit the east coast a couple of weeks ago, Apple has made a pledge to one of the leading relief organizations for the cause.
9to5Mac reports that Apple has donated $2.5 million to the American Red Cross for the Hurricane Sandy relief effort.
Here’s what Apple CEO Tim Cook had to say in an email to employees:
For the past week, our thoughts have been with those affected by Hurricane Sandy an its aftermath. and Apple employees and customers the world over have raised million of dollars toward the relief effort so far. But we can always do more.
That’s why, on behalf of all our employees, Apple is making a donation of $2.5 million to the American Red Cross to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief. We hope this contribution will help families, businesses, and communities recover and rebuild.
The millions of dollars already raised part refers to Apple’s previous effort to help by installing a donations gateway on the iTunes homepage, which they did a few days after the storm hit.
According to the American Red Cross, they have dispatched over 5,900 workers all along the east coast to help with the recovery. They say that they have hosted 61,000 people in overnight shelters and served 3.2 million meals and snacks to those affected. They’ve also donated more the 121,000 other items like hygiene kits.
If you want to make a donation directly to the Red Cross, you can do so here.[Image via American Red Cross]