Philip Morris Cos. Inc. and its operating companies wish to join others in corporate America in assisting the victims of last week’s tragedy. yesterday the company announced a $10 million commitment to their relief.

The first installment, a $1 million grant to the American Red Cross has been delivered to aid in recovery efforts in New York and Washington. We will make additional contributions to a variety of relief and support agencies in the coming weeks as we determine where our contributions can be most effective in helping our fellow citizens.

In addition, Philip Morris USA and its employees have contributed $100,000 to the Greater Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross, and $50,000 to the Cabarrus County Chapter of the Red Cross.

Kraft Foods sent eight truckloads of ready-to-eat snacks and ready-to-drink beverages to relief workers and victims in New York and Washington. Kraft also sent food to travelers stranded in Canada.

Miller Brewing has provided tens of thousands of cases of bottled water to relief workers at the disaster sites.

Philip Morris Cos. Inc. accelerated the launch of an employee giving website to assist the victims. The website enables full-time employees in the United States who wish to make personal donations to relief organizations to have their donations matched by company funds.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is providing lifesaving assistance in the form of immediate disaster mass care and blood to victims and emergency workers in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania following the incomprehensible attacks of September 11. The Red Cross will stay with these people as this tragedy unfolds. The Red Cross has been on the scene from the beginning providing disaster support in the form of food, shelter and mental health counseling to all individuals affected. To help the victims of these and other disasters please support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

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