Friday, January 16, 2009

Western Union donates $50,000, sets money transfer services to help the Costa Rican Red Cross

Children stand in a tent at a field used as a temporary refuge for earthquake survivors in Laguna of Fraijanes, 65 km (40 miles) north of San Jose, January 12, 2009. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate (COSTA RICA)San Jose, Costa Rica (Business Wire)- To help the earthquake victims of Alajuela, Costa Rica, The Western Union Foundation today donated $50,000 to the Costa Rican Red Cross, a humanitarian relief organization.

The grant is part of the Western Union Our World, Our FamilySM global initiative.

Additionally, for individuals and corporations in the United States wishing to donate to disaster relief efforts in Alajuela, Costa Rica, Western Union has set up a Quick Collect® account benefiting the Costa Rican Red Cross.

Western Union will provide U.S. customers with no fee Quick Collect® money transfer services for donations up to $1,000 until March 2, 2009. Customers should make donations by requesting code city EARTHQUAKERELIEF CR (in the U.S. only). The code should enter EARTHQUAKERELIEF, CR in the account field.

Western Union Foundation President Luella Chavez D’Angelo said, "The earthquake damages to Alajuela and other parts of Costa Rica are catastrophic, leaving families and children in need of help. The Western Union Foundation and our Western Union employees in Costa Rica are committed to helping those in needs."

“The Costa Rican Red Cross will invest the funds to assist 5,000 families who lost their homes, by addressing their basic humanitarian and early recovery needs including the distribution of emergency supplies, hygiene products, non-perishable food and clean water,” said Miguel Carmona, President of the Costa Rican Red Cross.

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