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Monday, January 25, 2010 by

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.

15 Comments
  • Alex
    25 January 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Thats greta! Ny country did a donation of the same amount of money :))))))

  • Angela
    25 January 2010 at 7:06 pm

    I am so proud to work for a company like HostGator! Thank You Brent!

  • Ryan A.
    25 January 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Great to know that Hostgator is involved in helping the Haitian people out in their time of dire need. I too have donated to the Red Cross and encourage others to do the same.

    Ryan

  • Vikas Gupta
    25 January 2010 at 10:10 pm

    I am not very financially able but I had displayed the Red Cross banner for about a week on my blog’s sidebar.

  • Britt Bellamy
    26 January 2010 at 6:08 am

    A HUGH THANK YOU TO HOSTGATOR Thank You HG for doing what you have done to help our brothers and sisters in Haiti. We may not be close in distance to them, but this tragedy could hit anywhere…thank you for stretching out your hand and helping so much.

  • jon
    27 January 2010 at 2:56 pm

    glad to hear it brent! i’m sure this will be better spent than the one laptop per child issue.

  • Matt
    1 February 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Great! Nothing like taking care of a country that has had its’ leaders siphon off $700 Million in aid annually with little going to the populace. So when are you going to promote the homeless, starving, unemployed, uninsured, and kids in orphanages right here in the USA?

    Not enough bodies or devastation to get the attention it needs from the media?

  • Chad Bean
    4 February 2010 at 7:20 pm

    @Matt – I can understand your point, and I know as a company, HostGator has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to foundations and charities in the USA. From Cancer research to Hurricane disaster relief.

  • Ryan Paul
    15 February 2010 at 12:10 pm

    For those of you who care… (and trust a Canadian)…

    You should try and give your donations to a Canadian who can then donate to an eligible registered charity in Canada – the Canadian govt is matching all donations up to 100k from individuals.

  • Rams
    5 March 2010 at 9:27 am

    It is very unfortunate indeed to Haiti to do our best to help make sure çalıçacağız haiti

  • PL
    5 March 2010 at 11:39 am

    Wow! So cool what you’ve done guys! I’ve been with you for 2+ years now and I don’t even want to check on the other hosting company services, cause HostGator’s the first one that make me feel making business with people, human, and not “robots” ! At the same time, I know that a part of my money’s always getting involved in cool donation and greats causes, like GreenHosting, or Haiti tragedy.

    Thanks for your humanity!

  • Fatima Burn
    31 March 2010 at 6:50 pm

    It is a tragedy in the making, the suffering is beyond belief. Many people have contributed and many more will, lets just hope that the money donated actually goes to help those in need and not funneled into corrupt government officials.

  • Mandie Sloan
    8 April 2010 at 5:25 am

    It still amazes me how people come together in tragic times such as these. Brent is an amazing guy for helping out the needy individuals that were displaced by this tragedy. Keep up the good work hostgator!

  • Caresse
    22 December 2010 at 4:40 am

    glad to hear it brent!

  • Live Rcok
    3 March 2011 at 7:13 am

    I have to agree with Julius. Host Gator is a great company.

    The world would be a much better place if there was more social responsibility in the market place.