BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sanofi today announced that, through its Sanofi Foundation for North America, it is contributing $500,000 in cash, for disaster relief efforts to help assist the victims of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey. The funds will be distributed to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey and the Children's Health Fund for both immediate and long-term needs. The storm left millions in the mid-Atlantic and New England without power, food and other necessities and may result in $50 billion in economic losses.
"This storm has been a catastrophe that has touched us all. With our U.S. headquarters in Bridgewater, New Jersey, where much of the damage occurred, we have seen, first-hand, the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy on our employees, friends and neighbors. Our heart goes out to the victims of the storm," said Christopher A. Viehbacher, Chief Executive Officer, Sanofi. "We are committed to helping those impacted by the storm and hope that our assistance will support the incredible relief efforts that are underway in the hardest hit areas at the point of need."A special Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief program sponsored by the Sanofi Foundation for North America will match dollar-for-dollar all donations between $25 and $2,500 made by U.S. employees directly to the American Red Cross. Sanofi US will continue its year-round matching gifts program through AmeriGives, which will match donations to 501(c)(3) organizations that meet program criteria. Additional support from Sanofi to Sandy's disaster relief efforts includes the donation of medications, over-the-counter products, and vaccines through its partnership with Direct Relief International and AmeriCares. Sanofi's employees have offered unwavering assistance to peers and their communities assisting through direct, hands-on volunteer efforts for care-package assembly, time and talents offerings, and other donations.