BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The Walmart Foundation said Wednesday it will give $500,000 in cash and food kits worth $100,000 to help victims of the earthquake that hit Haiti on Tuesday.
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck just west of the capital, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and it is feared thousands have died. President Barack Obama has promised an all-out rescue and humanitarian effort.
The Walmart Foundation said its donations will be given through the American Red Cross.
The foundation also launched a Web site at walmartstores.com/haiti, where customers and employees can donate to nonprofits that are helping Haitian victims of the natural disaster.
The philanthropic organization said that in September 2008 it donated more than $100,000 to relief efforts for Haitians who were hurt that summer by hurricanes Gustav and Ike, which killed hundreds of people.