Saturday, August 26, 2006

Biggest Donor to Katrina Relief? No Surprise Here: Kids!

U.S. School Kids Donate More to Katrina Relief Than Most Big Corporations, August 23, 2006, Maddy Sauer Reports:
School children across the United States have raised more money for Katrina relief efforts than many major U.S. corporations, according to a non-profit group, RandomKid, which has tracked donations by children.

Over $10 million was raised by school kids through bake sales, lemonade stands, car washes and other fundraisers, according to RandomKid. That's more than almost every major U.S. corporation gave. More than wealthy oil and petrochemical companies, such as Chevron and ConocoPhillips. It's more than what AT&T and Verizon gave combined. And it's more than major brand name corporations like GE and Coca-Cola gave.

Only five U.S. corporations gave more than what was raised by the school kids, according to recently released report by the Foundation Center, a non-profit organization that has tracked Katrina relief donations.

Among the country's top corporate donors to Katrina relief, Wal-Mart is number one at $17 million, followed by Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati ($15 million), Exxon ($13 million) and Freddie Mac and BP Amoco (just over $10 million each), according to the Foundation Center.
RandonKid's website is here and they sell some very cool T-Shirts. They also have a link where schools can report what they've done for Katrina relief.

The Board had the pleasure of watching a very moving presentation by a group of EO Smith faculty, parents and teens who went down and worked hard to help clean up. Locally, Dave McCombe and others have made trips down offering sweat, hard work, and goodwill.

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