Major corporations stepping up to help Puerto Rico


As Puerto Rico remains in dire straits following back-to-back Category 5 hurricanes, several major corporations are launching huge aid efforts.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced on Tuesday that the company is planning to raise $1 million to be given to various organizations, such as the Red Cross, the World Food Program, and UNICEF, to help residents of Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands get back on their feet.

Popular rum brand Bacardi, whose largest premium distillery is located in Puerto Rico, has set aside $2 million for relief efforts in Puerto Rico and another $1 million for other impacted areas, including Florida, the Caribbean, and Mexico.

Facundo L. Bacardi, chairman of the family-owned Bacardi Limited, said they are “working closely with government agencies and not-for-profit partners to identify the most pressing needs so we can provide meaningful support.”

Cell service company Verizon has also said it will give $1 million to residents of Puerto Rico in a partnership with the American Red Cross and World Vision.

“The people of Puerto Rico need our help,” Verizon chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam said in a statement. McAdam said the company would also match every individual contribution from an employee.

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