Apple community raises over $13 million for relief and recovery efforts, including over $1 million for Puerto Rico

In the wake of natural disasters affecting millions of people in the US, Mexico and the Caribbean, Apple employees and customers are coming together to support relief and recovery efforts. Since Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, Irma swept across the Florida Keys and along the Gulf Coast, earthquakes struck Mexico and most recently in response to Hurricane Maria’s devastation throughout Puerto Rico, the Apple community has generated more than $13 million to help provide shelter, food, clean water and other emergency services in these communities.

Apple employees were among the thousands of volunteers directly involved in storm preparations and have participated in ongoing recovery efforts in Texas, Florida, Mexico and other affected regions. In Florida, Apple retail employees helped neighbors board up their homes in preparation for the storm, and continue to donate clothing and transport clean water. Employees in Texas have opened their homes to displaced families, while team members in Mexico handed out food to soldiers and volunteers helping those in need. And while Apple retail locations were closed in the immediate aftermath of these disasters, teams were focused on reopening quickly and safely to use the store space for volunteer efforts and provide Wi-Fi and charging access to those affected.

Apple is making it easy to raise money for relief efforts in Puerto Rico and other US communities; customers can donate directly through the App Store and iTunes. Customer donations to the American Red Cross and the Hand in Hand hurricane relief benefit have already exceeded $2 million, supporting recovery for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

Employee donations to the American Red Cross, Hand in Hand, GlobalGiving, UNICEF and other recovery efforts are being matched two-to-one by Apple.

Apple’s direct contributions amplify relief efforts, with $1 million donated to the American Red Cross and UNICEF for Hurricane Maria relief, and $1 million donated to GlobalGiving for earthquake recovery efforts in Mexico. Apple’s $5 million donation to the Hand in Hand telethon benefits the Rebuild Texas Fund, Feeding Florida, Habitat for Humanity, the ASPCA and other charities committed to rebuilding affected communities in Texas and Florida.

Source: Apple Inc.

MacDailyNews Take: Greta job to all who donated!

If you’d like to danate, you can do so directly through the App Store and iTunes.


      1. They have until 2024 to do that, maybe you’ll be able to tell time by then but I doubt it. Meanwhile, keep whining, insulting and going off topic, you are showing that MDN is now about people being civil and refraining from ad hominem attacks at this site.
        Well done.

    1. For a time, I volunteered at a community hospital, sitting with children in a burn unit. It is an experience both excruciating and heartwarming, for both nurse and child, to share little moments of courage — the bonds of humanity are strongest in times of crisis.

    The money for disaster relief is already available for spending so there is no need to get it from working people. How’s that? Well, the US Congress funds the Pentagon via Quantitative Easing/printing money or borrowing — no questions asked — while refusing to fund disaster relief which people actually need, and immediately, wringing its hands over where the funding would come from. Answer is simple: The same fount. Get over it.
    By all means donate to help your fellow man because it’s the right moral thing, but not because Big Gub’mnt needs your money; It does not, so it’s playing well-meaning but naive bleeding hearts for suckers. This is what I learned reading the news on my iPad.

    Let’s review. “People over Pentagon.”

  2. If simple humanity was not enough, Republicans have a particularly strong motivation to get out in front on Puerto Rico relief: Florida. We all know that the Sunshine State has supported the national winner in all but one (1992) presidential election since 1964, actually determining the winner in several cases.

    If Puerto Rico collapses as a society, there will be two obvious consequences: (1) they will be looking for somebody to blame, and (2) they will be getting off the island to find jobs and homes on the mainland, mostly in Florida. These are US citizens, so as soon as they establish Florida residency, they can vote in Florida elections.

    What do you think the consequences might be of a couple of hundred thousand rabidly anti-Republican voters being dropped into our most important swing state?

    1. Why worry about Florida elections? The state will soon be largely underwater, through a variety of climate alterations, and its disgruntled and disenchanted residents will relocate to higher ground. Will GOP party operatives try to bus them into swing states? The political calculus may be beyond the blunt thuggery we’re used to.

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