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Shell, Diageo Join Charley Relief Efforts

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -- Shell Oil Products US/Motiva Enterprises and beverage giant Diageo LLC have joined the relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Charley, which has killed at least 19 people and caused billions of dollars in damage in Florida.

Shell and Motiva donated $50,000 to the Volunteer Florida Foundation in an effort to help local communities rebuild. They will also provide support to the Red Cross in the form of a gasoline donation, reported the Associated Press.

Bill Welte, president and CEO of Motiva, said, "On behalf of our employees nationwide, I offer our empathy and support to the individuals and families impacted by Hurricane Charley, and we applaud the organizations who are helping people in Florida recover from the devastation. Shell and Motiva have always believed strongly in supporting our community, and providing a donation to the Volunteer Florida Foundation and the American Red Cross is one way we can lend support to those who are rebuilding their communities."

In addition, Shell and Motiva will also support the Red Cross's efforts with a donation of Shell gasoline to fuel the 80 Red Cross vehicles currently working to help residents in the area rebuild their lives.

Also, Diageo delivered one of the first corporate-sponsored humanitarian aid missions, the "Spirit of America Humanitarian Aid Mission," to victims of Hurricane Charley, providing a generator to power Hardee County's only solid waste facility. Two additional generators are poised to power a local campground being used as a temporary shelter for displaced families.

William S. Simon, secretary of the Florida department of management services, said, "In the wake of this disaster, many companies called asking what they could do, others are generously contributing money, and Diageo was the very first to arrive with needed resources in some of the hardest hit inland counties."
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