U.S. Firms Aid Victims of Haiti Earthquake

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- U.S. companies are stepping up and lending their support and dollars after the devastating 7.0 Haiti earthquake shook the country earlier this week.

Everyone from banks to retailers -- many of which were struggling themselves to stay afloat amid the recession -- are lending support.

General Electric ( GE) made one of the largest donations, of $2.5 million. It has already given $1 million to the Red Cross and $500,000 to UNICEF. The company said it will match all contributions made by employees.

Financial institutions also turned their attention away from all the bonus-and-taxing drama to help. Citibank ( C) announced that it is giving $2 million, while Bank of America ( BAC), Morgan Stanley ( MS) and Goldman Sachs ( GS) each pledged $1 million. Other companies like Coca-Cola ( KO), Google ( GOOG) and Lowe's ( LOW) also agreed to spend $1 million for relief efforts.

Royal Carribbean ( RCL) and Comcast ( CMCSA) also pledged $1 million.

Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) pledged $600,000 -- $500,000 in monetary relief and $100,000 in pre-packaged food kits -- to Red Cross. It has also launched a Web site that allows customers to donate.

Pledges are also coming from Kellogg ( K), Kraft Foods ( KFT), Western Union ( WU), General Motors ( GM) and Wells Fargo ( WFC).

Other organizations are lending their services to help victims. American Airlines ( AMR) and FedEx ( FDX) have offered to fly supplies to Haiti. Drug maker Abbott Laboratories ( ABT) will provide pharmaceutical and nutritional products along with a $1 million grant, while 3M ( MMM) has announced that it is looking to see what medical supplies it can provide.

Likewise, Crocs ( CROX) said that it will donate shoes to Haiti victims and Walgreen ( CROX) announced offering both monetary relief and supplies.

Read on for more images and information from the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake....

A 7.0 earthquake rocked Haiti on Tuesday and was followed by at least a dozen aftershocks, causing widespread devastation in the capital of Port-au-Prince.

Haitians search for survivors amid the rubble of the Caribbean Super Market in Delmas on Tuesday, Jan. 12, in Port-au-Prince.

A woman faints in the arms of a medic in an emergency clinic in Petionville.

Haitians search for survivors amid the ruins of a children's hospital.

Those displaced by the Haiti earthquake gather on Place Boyer in Petion-Ville to stay the night.

Search and rescue workers look for the survivors trapped under the rubble of what is left of the Hotel Montana more than 50 hours after the massive earthquake destroyed the hotel January 14, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Planeloads of rescuers and relief supplies headed to Haiti as governments and aid agencies launched a massive relief operation.

 

The Haitian capital just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Much of Port-au-Prince was reduced to rubble by the quake on Jan. 12, but the airport was operational, opening the way for international relief aid to be ferried in by air as well as by sea.

A woman and her injured baby are seen at a makeshift field hospital on Wednesday, Jan. 13, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Planeloads of rescuers and relief supplies headed to Haiti as governments and aid agencies launched a massive relief operation after a powerful earthquake that may have killed thousands. US President Barack Obama ordered a swift and aggressive US rescue effort, while the European Union activated its crisis systems and the Red Cross and United Nations unlocked emergency funds and supplies for the destitute nation.

More than 50 hours after the massive earthquake destroyed Port-au-Prince's Hotel Montana, rescue workers look for survivors trapped under the rubble. Planeloads of rescue workers and supplies have left for Haiti as governments and aid agencies launch a massive relief operation.

Rescuers carry a 3 month-old baby found alive in the aftermath of the powerful earthquake that left much of the capital city in ruins.

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