MIAMI – Florida first lady Casey DeSantis announced Wednesday there was a state charitable effort underway to help victims of Hurricane Ian.
The Volunteer Florida Foundation, a charitable organization promising to only use $30,000 to cover administrative costs, activated The Florida Disaster Fund, a public-private partnership.
“We are very appreciative and thankful for the outpouring of support,” the first lady said on Thursday adding donations had surpassed $10 million.
The list of corporate donors included Walmart with a donation of $1.5 million and Amazon, Florida Blue, and Lennar with $1 million each. She also thanked Tom Brady for helping to promote the fund.
Josie Tamayo, Volunteer Florida’s chief executive officer, released a statement saying the foundation was committed to helping victims.
“We channel every available dollar to work towards rebuilding and recovery efforts in our affected communities,” Tamayo said.
To contribute to the effort, visit this page, or text DISASTER to 20222, or mail a check to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, at 1545 Raymond Diehl Road, Suite 250, Tallahassee, FL 32308. For more information about the fund or how to volunteer, call 1-850-414-7400 or email@example.com.
“These private sector contributions will be deployed quickly and effectively to meet the immediate needs of those most impacted by the storm, Casey DeSantis said.
Here is a list of donations:
o Walmart: $1.5 million
o Amazon: $1 million
o Centene Charitable Foundation: $1 million
o Ian MacKechnie: $1 million
o Florida Blue: $1 million
o Lennar: $1 million
o Boeing: $750,000
o Publix: $500,000
o TECO: $500,000
o Simply Healthcare: $350,000
o AirBnb: $250,000
o Wells Fargo: $250,000
o Verizon: $125,000
o CVS: $100,000
o Duke Energy: $100,000
o Goldman Sachs: $100,000
o Rumble: $100,000
o Florida Power and Light: $50,000
o National Christian Foundation: $50,000
o PGA Tour: $25,000
o Horne: $25,000
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