Montgomery County businesses are contributing tens of thousands of dollars to relief efforts for Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines in early November, causing thousands of deaths and billions of dollars in damages.
Bethesda hotelier Marriott International contributed $50,000 to a Red Cross fund, and charitable efforts are underway at its hotels throughout the Asia Pacific region. Marriott hotels in Cebu City and Manila are operational, though employees were affected, J.W. “Bill” Marriott Jr., executive chairman, said on his blog.
“Among the many, many victims are families of Marriott International who lost their homes and are searching for relatives,” Marriott said.
Some businesses are organizing special fundraisers. For instance, Rockville-based Federal Realty Investment Trust, which operates Rockville Town Center, is donating $1 to the Red Cross typhoon relief efforts for each ice skating ticket purchased on Saturday and Sunday. A representative could not be reached on Monday to find out how much was raised.
The storm took an estimated $14 billion toll on the Philippine economy, according to Kinetic Analysis, a Silver Spring risk-assessment firm. The storm caused relatively minor damage around Manila, helping to keep damage estimates lower.
The American Red Cross raised about $11 million for the global response to Typhoon Haiyan, as of Nov. 16. Besides food, blankets and mosquito nets, the funds will provide cash grants for businesses.