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Baltimore Business Journal: Baltimore-Area Businesses Aid in Haiti Relief

January 18, 2010

Local agencies, hospitals and banks are among the Greater Baltimore businesses chipping in to support ongoing Haiti earthquake relief efforts.

The American Red Cross — Central Maryland Chapter said it has received the following gifts from its local corporate partners:

  • $50,000 from Constellation Energy Group Inc.
  • $50,000 from McCormick & Co. Inc., plus an employee match up to $25,000.
  • $25,000 from W.R. Grace & Co. plus 100 percent employment match.
  • $10,000 from Rosedale Federal Savings and Loan Association.

Bank of America Corp. — Greater Baltimore’s largest bank — is accepting donations at its more than 6,000 U.S. branches to support the American Red Cross’ Haitian Relief and Development Fund.

In addition, Charlotte, N.C.-based BofA will, at a customer’s request, waive foreign transaction fees for customers making a donation with a BofA debit or credit card to charities supporting Haitian relief efforts.

Last week, BofA (NYSE:BAC) pledged $1 million to aid victims of the earthquake. The funds included a $500,000 grant to the Haitian Relief and Development Fund.

M&T Bank Corp., the second-largest bank in the Baltimore area when ranked by deposits, said Friday it contributed $100,000 to the Red Cross. The Buffalo, N.Y.-based bank will also match Red Cross contributions made by its employees, directors and retired personnel, up to $100,000. Donations can be made by customers at any M&T branch.

Giant Food, along with its sister supermarkets, donated $100,000 to the Haiti crisis. Through Jan. 31, all Giant stores will collect donations from shoppers and employees.

The Bozzuto Group, a Greenbelt developer, is matching 50 cents for each dollar its employees, residents or homeowners donate to a charity benefiting Haiti. Bozzuto’s goal is to raise $20,000.

Finally, Greater Baltimore Medical Center on Monday was directing readers to a blog maintained by Dr. Carol Ritter, an OB/GYN who wrote of a baby she delivered over the weekend in Haiti. Ritter, along with her husband, Dr. Tom Ritter, are part of a group of doctors in Haiti providing support to victims of the Jan. 12 earthquake, measured at a 7.2 magnitude.

GBMC has also made a $10,000 donation to assist MedShare International in coordinating shipments of medical supplies and equipment to Haiti. GBMC's Towson neighbor St. Joseph Medical Center is also sending three employees to Haiti Tuesday evening with supplies and medicines. The hospital's parent, Catholic Health Initiatives, has made a $40,000 contribution to relief efforts.

The catastrophic Haiti earthquake has left more than 50,000 people dead, with thousands more still unaccounted for.

Gov. Martin O’Malley asked state agencies Monday to coordinate repatriation of U.S. citizens returning from Haiti. The state assisted nearly 25 U.S. citizens early Sunday morning at Andrews Air Force Base who were returning from the rubble.