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September 29, 2004

State Farm Donates $1 Million to American Red Cross to Aid Hurricane Relief Efforts

Source: State Farm Insurance Companies
In recognition of the invaluable service the American Red Cross provides to disaster victims, State Farm Insurance Companies is donating $1 million to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Further, through the end of the year, State Farm will match dollar-for-dollar its individual employee contributions to the relief agency. The Disaster Relief Fund enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need.

State Farm has a unique and longstanding relationship with the American Red Cross rooted in the two organizations working side by side as first- responders in helping people recover from the unexpected. In the aftermath of Hurricane Charley, State Farm donated $100,000, in addition to the company's $500,000 annual Red Cross disaster relief contribution. State Farm also provided links on its employee intranet site as well as on http://statefarm.com for those wishing to contribute to the relief efforts of the Red Cross. These new gifts expand those efforts in recognition of the strain that the subsequent storms have put on Red Cross resources.

"At this critical time, I am grateful to State Farm for once again demonstrating their leadership and compassion," said Marsha J. Evans, President and CEO of the American Red Cross. "These new gifts, in addition to the funds State Farm has previously committed to Red Cross relief, will certainly support our on-going efforts in aiding our neighbors who need us."

"We, of course, are very much aware of the hardships, demands and urgency brought on by the unprecedented string of hurricanes," said Edward B. Rust Jr., State Farm chairman and CEO. "State Farm associates from across the U.S. and Canada have been deployed to help meet the tremendous needs of our customers. They've witnessed the outstanding job the Red Cross does to help people at their darkest hours and provide continuing support throughout the recovery effort. It's something we've witnessed time and again in our relationship with the Red Cross that goes back more than half a century.

"Those services come at a price," Rust continued, "and State Farm is proud to provide additional resources to help ensure those services continue to be available to those in need. The Red Cross has told us that monetary donations, rather than supply drives, provide the best opportunity to help those in need. We're heeding that advice and encourage others to do the same."

To help generate awareness and donations, http://statefarm.com provides a link for financial donations to the Red Cross.

State Farm's 17,000 agents and 71,000 employees serve nearly 73 million auto, fire, life and health policies in the United States and Canada. State Farm also offers financial services products through State Farm Bank(R). For more information, please visit http://statefarm.com(R) or in Canada http://statefarm.ca .

About the American Red Cross
All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of the recent hurricanes and thousands of other disasters across the country each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need. Call 1-800-HELP NOW or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting http://www.redcross.org .

Posted by Tom Troceen