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Thursday, December 30, 2004

Ah the Stingy Americans!

As I was saying. . .

The Command Post has a roundup:

December 30, 2004
Those Stingy Americans I think not.

Pfizer: $35 million
Coca Cola: $10 million
Exxon Mobil Corp: $5 million
Citigroup Inc.: $3 million
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: $3 million
Merck & Co. Inc. is giving $3 million in cash
while Johnson & Johnson and Abbott Laboratories Inc. are each donating $2 million;
each of the three are also sending drugs and other health care supplies to the region.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. is donating $1 million in cash and $4 million in antibiotics and antifungal drugs. Roche Group and GlaxoSmithKline PLC were also planning to donate supplies and/or cash.
Nike Inc., American Express Co., General Electric Co. and First Data Corp. are each giving $1 million.
Amazon.com had collected about 87,000 donations totaling more than $5.4 million for the American Red Cross as of Thursday afternoon. [Now $6,286,000]
Wal-Mart Inc. is setting up collection containers at all of its stores, in addition to a $2 million donation from its foundation.
AOL members donated more than $1 million in less than 48 hours, according to spokesman Nicholas Graham.
Catholic Relief Services is pledging $25 millionLINK
By my count, that right there is $107,000,000 U.S. dollars. From private sources. Don't forget, the people of the United States are the most generous people in the world. We don't expect our Government to spend our money for us. We take care of that ourselves.
U.S. rap/rock quartet
Linkin Park: $100,000
American Red Cross and CARE:
The American Red Cross reported $18 million in donations over the past three days while CARE USA has taken in $6.5 million
Times Daily:
Wells Fargo & Co. donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross, as did Kaiser Permanente Northern California. Kaiser also pledged to send doctors to needed areas.[snip]
Cisco Systems and its employees have pledged $2.5 million and will also provide communications equipment in disaster areas.[snip]
San Mateo-based tech company SuccessFactors said it would match donations made by its 100 workers, which so far amounted to $10,000. San Jose-based software company Realization Technologies Inc. has donated $10,000 so far and said one of its consultants in India will be committed to the relief effort for six months while donating use of its business software for 18 months.
The list goes on and on. We don't need the Government of the United States to take our money and give it away. We are perfectly capable of taking care of our charitable choices ourselves.

So as Americans give from their hearts, in the hundreds of millions of dollars, don't call us stingy. We are not. And don't tell us we don't care. We do.
The total, in this compilation alone is over $127 million dollars U.S. Posted by Chuck Simmins at December 30, 2004 08:59 PM

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