Our thoughts go out to those affected by Hurricane Sandy as many continue to face challenges due to extensive storm damage and disruptions to basic services.
To support Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts, The Merck Company Foundation has donated $250,000 to the American Red Cross on top of its initial $500,000 donation earlier this year to the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program.
In addition, through the Merck Medical Outreach Program, Merck has donated medicines, vaccines and consumer care products to its partners to assist with disaster response efforts. Merck has also pledged $150,000 to Save the Children's "Hurricane Sandy Emergency Fund" in support of its Journey for Hope program designed to help children develop coping mechanisms during a disaster. Funding support to the disaster recovery efforts of Americares and Direct Relief International was also granted.
We are engaged in discussions with a number of other international, national and local agencies to determine their needs and are committed to providing additional financial support as their needs evolve over the coming weeks and months.
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