“Apple is lending a hand to China while the country battles with its worst flood in years,” Rui Ellie Miao reports for USA Today.

“The China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), a Chinese non-governmental organization, said on Monday that it has received a 7 million yuan (approximately $1 million) donation from Apple,” Miao reports. “Apple is the first U.S. company that has donated to CFPA in this year’s flood, said the organization on its website. The group says it will work closely with Apple to make sure the money is best applied. ‘Our thoughts are with all those devastated by the flooding along the Yangtze River,’ Apple’s CEO Tim Cook wrote on Weibo, the Chinese social networking site that is similar to Twitter.”

“By Friday, the disaster had affected 31 million people in more than 500 cities and towns, according to statistics from the nation’s Ministry of Civil Affairs,” Miao reports. “There have been 164 people killed and 26 missing, 73,000 collapsed buildings and nearly 2 million people have been moved to safer grounds.”

“This is not Apple’s first donation to China after a natural disaster,” Miao reports. “The company, with a philanthropic tradition, has donated 50 million yuan (about $8 million) to victims in the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake in China’s Sichuan region, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Good to see Apple helping and, rather than just dashing off a check, also working to make sure the donation is best utilized.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]