Valero Energy Corporation contributes $1 million to Red Cross for Harvey Disaster efforts
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SAN ANTONIO - Valero Energy Corporation announced today it is contributing $1 million to the American Red Cross to assist in relief efforts from Hurricane Harvey and associated flooding along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast.
"Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this truly catastrophic and unprecedented event," said Joe Gorder, Valero Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Unfortunately, this disaster is not over, as rains and flooding continue and the storm moves eastward.
"Valero stands ready to assist in any way we can, in areas where we have major operations, from Corpus Christi to Louisiana, and beyond," Gorder said. "Aside from this monetary donation, our post-hurricane relief team has been out assisting employees and neighbors alike, providing needed food, water, supplies, equipment and even labor to assist in cleanup and recovery efforts. This will continue."
Valero's contribution is going to a general Hurricane Harvey relief fund of the Red Cross, which is the principal agency outside of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that provides disaster relief. The organization has responsibility for logistics of shelters, providing transportation, food, cots, blankets and other assistance.
Currently, there are nearly 10,000 people in 40 shelters throughout the state, with numbers expected to quickly grow as massive flooding and rescues continue in the Houston area.
Historically, Valero has responded with contributions of $1 million each to relief efforts from hurricanes Katrina (2005) and Ike (2008). Today's announcement is in keeping with Valero's guiding principle of community support, providing charitable giving and volunteerism in communities where its employees live and work.
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