Chances are that you have almost certainly heard of the recent and very tragic earthquake that has nearly devastated the Caribbean nation of Haiti. In the wake of such a sudden and severe tragedy, it can be hard to see hope.
The American Red Cross, along with thousands of other support and aid organizations, has been making a huge effort to get things as close to normal for people in Haiti. To support that relief effort, HostGator is making a $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development fund.
The press release announcing the donation is below:
HOUSTON – Shared, reseller, and dedicated web hosting company HostGator announced on Monday that it has donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development fund.
The donation, which is the fourth six digit charitable donation HostGator has made in its eight year history, will help the American Red Cross provide support for the relief efforts in Haiti, which will likely include mobilizing additional aid workers, sending supplies, and providing financial resources for what is certain to be a long recovery for the government and people of Haiti.
“What happened in Haiti is a tragedy,” said Brent Oxley, HostGator’s founder and CEO. “I’m glad to be in a position where we’re able to help those in need. It’d be wrong to do nothing in light of what happened to the people. Their lives are going to be forever changed in a way that most Americans can barely fathom.”
HostGator is participating in the Hosting for Haiti alliance, an effort in which a number of major web hosting companies united to provide financial and public resources for relief in Haiti. In addition to its financial donation, HostGator will continue to encourage its customers and employees to donate to the efforts in Haiti through Twitter and other company communication channels.
On January 12, a number of earthquakes ranging from 6.5 to 7.3 on the Richter scale, devastated the poor Caribbean nation. Figures released by the Haitian government estimate the death toll to be approximately 200,000, with 80,000 people already buried in mass graves around the country.
If you’re financially able, we encourage you to make a donation to help the people of Haiti as well. Whether you donate, $10 or $100,000, your donation will help people who are truly in need. Check out the Hosting for Haiti website for more information on how to get involved. If you aren’t financially able (or if you just want to do more), consider Tweeting, blogging, or telling others about the cause and how they can help.
And to the other hosting companies out there: we encourage you to outdo us with your own donations. In this competition, everyone wins.