Groups Pledge Support for Hurricane Matthew Relief Efforts

With more than eight hundred people feared dead in Haiti and thousands left homeless in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, aid organizations, foundations, and corporations are working to raise funds for relief efforts on the impoverished island.

According to the , more than 1.11 million Haitians were affected by the storm, with more than 14,000 displaced. As of Friday afternoon, some 61,500 Haitians were in shelters, Haitian officials told . Relief efforts on the island have been hampered, however, by damaged communications towers and a collapsed bridge that has severed the country's capital, Port-au-Prince, from hard-hit southern Haiti. Aid groups on the ground include the , , , , , , , and .

In support of relief efforts, a number of organizations, including the , , and , have launched Hurricane Matthew relief funds, while individual fundraising campaigns have been launched through . Elsewhere, CEO and chairman Keith Krach and other Silicon Valley leaders and firms have raised more than $250,000 for , which has pledged to direct 100 percent of donations to relief efforts, while has offered to match up to $100,000. In addition, the has announced a $25,000 grant to MercyCorps and will waive fees on transfers to Haiti through October 9, while MoneyGram will waive transaction fees for donations to the American Red Cross, up to $119.99 per transaction, through October 31.

In the United States, the Red Cross was standing by in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina with ninety response vehicles and thirty trailer loads of supplies, ready-to-eat meals, and clean-up and comfort kits.

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