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Throughout our history, John Deere has shown a strong commitment to helping those in need. Especially when disaster strikes. Our relief and recovery efforts follow regional, national, and international disasters in areas where we have large operating units and major employee presence. Through funding and individual employee involvement, we help people rebuild lives, rebuild communities.
One way we do this is through our work with the American Red Cross, an organization with a long history of assisting families and communities in times of need. In 2010, the John Deere Foundation made annual grants of $250,000 to both the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program and the International Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program.
In addition, throughout the company, individual units also support local disaster appeals, donate warehouse space, and provide volunteers that support the Red Cross mission. In limited cases, equipment has been made temporarily available to communities to help recovery efforts.
Our employees, too, frequently step up to supplement John Deere support through individual donations (often matched by the Foundation) and also as volunteers.