Several companies with West Virginia operations have reacted to Superstorm Sandy by making charitable contributions and one, Verizon Wireless, is planning a food drive.
Toyota announced a $1 million contribution to the American Red Cross and other nonprofit organizations to support relief efforts in the regions hit worst by the storm.
In addition, Toyota said it will match employee contributions to the American Red Cross and other non-profits doing relief and recovery work in affected communities.
The AT&T Foundation, the charitable arm of AT&T, announced a $250,000 grant to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief fund.
AT&T Wireless announced that its customers can make a $10 donation for Hurricane Sandy relief by texting to the following non-profits: REDCROSS to 90999 to support the American Red Cross; STORM to 80888 to help the Salvation Army; and HUMANE to 80888 to give to the American Humane Society.
Customers who want to contribute more can text up to five times for a total donation of $50. AT&T Wireless said 100 percent of any donation will be paid to the customer's designated charity and the customer will be charged for the donation via the customer's monthly AT&T bill.
FirstEnergy Foundation, the charitable arm of FirstEnergy Corp., has contributed $20,000 to the West Virginia Chapter of the American Red Cross. FirstEnergy is the corporate parent of Monongahela Power and The Potomac Edison Co.
Verizon Wireless announced it will conduct a food drive to benefit the Mountaineer Food Bank.
Beginning Friday, Verizon Wireless will collect non-perishable food items at five locations around the state, including its store next to the Dairy Queen on the second floor of the Charleston Town Center Mall and its store next to Lowe's in the Shops at Trace Fork, off Corridor G.Verizon Wireless also said it will donate $5,000 to the Mountaineer Food Bank to help with the anticipated increased demand for food as residents recover from the damage caused by Sandy.