HEALTH AND BEAUTY CLOSE-UP-20 June 2008-Farmers Insurance Assists in China Earthquake Relief Effort(C)2008 - CloseUpMedia - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Farmers Insurance Group of Companies is aiding in the relief effort for the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the China earthquake.
Shortly after disaster struck China's southwestern Sichuan province on May 12, Farmers offered to match donations made by Farmers employees, agents and district managers, their friends and families up to $100,000 to help those affected by the 7.9-magnitude earthquake.
After Farmers agent Lisa Lan Ngo heard about the generous offer, she quickly shared it with her colleagues at Sacramento Chinese of Indochina Friendship Association (SCIFA) and she and nearly 1,000 of her friends and neighbors raised $135,000 in a single evening. Other members of the Farmers organization have also donated, and together a check for $240,741 will be presented for China earthquake relief.
Although this tragedy happened on the other side of the world, many people within the Farmers organization have family and friends who have been affected by the earthquake, said Paul N. Hopkins, Chief Executive Officer of Farmers Insurance Group. This is our way of extending our hearts to a nation who needs our help.
Farmers Insurance has selected two charities to receive donations: the Mercy Corps and the Red Cross Society of China. The Mercy Corps works amid disasters, conflicts, chronic poverty and instability to unleash the potential of people who can win against nearly impossible odds. The Mercy Corps has already airlifted over 32 tons of needed food and supplies to the affected area and has now focused its efforts on the psychological needs of traumatized survivors.
Farmers Insurance Group Federal Credit Union is accepting donations in a special China Earthquake Disaster Fund. Credit union members can transfer money right on their Web site, and non-members can mail or drop off donations to any local branch. To learn more, go to: www.figfcu.com.
Farmers Group is a subsidiary of Zurich Financial Services, an insurance-based financial services provider with a global network of subsidiaries and offices in North America and Europe as well as in Asia Pacific, Latin America and other markets.
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