Los Angeles, CA (January 15, 2010)—Farmers Insurance Group of Companies® announced today a $25,000 contribution to the American Red Cross to help aid relief efforts in Haiti, where a devastating earthquake killed more than 100,000 people and left the country in shambles. This is the first donation with more contributions planned as the need continues.
“Farmers is proud to support the American Red Cross,” said Bob Woudstra, Chief Executive Officer of Farmers Insurance Group Inc. “The American Red Cross rushes immediately to where the need is greatest and we greatly admire and respect the world-wide work this fine organization does for so many people.”
In addition to the $25,000 immediate donation, Farmers will also hold a countrywide “blue jean” day on January 22, when Farmers employees can wear blue jeans to work in exchange for a monetary donation to be given to the American Red Cross to further support relief efforts in Haiti.
“This earthquake may have happened half a world away from us, but as a California based company we know all too well the devastation and fear that comes with a large scale earthquake, and our hearts go out to the nation of Haiti,” said Woudstra.
“Farmers Insurance and their agents are always there to support people in their times of great need,” said Paul Schulz, CEO of the Los Angeles Red Cross. “With their generous support of the Haitian recovery it is clear their mission of recovery extends across national boundaries. Farmers’ pledge of support is most appreciated and needed at this early stage in this disaster.”
About Farmers Insurance Group
Farmers is a trade name and may refer to Farmers Group, Inc. or the Farmers Exchanges, as the case may be. Farmers Group, Inc., a management and holding company, along with its subsidiaries, is wholly owned by the Zurich Financial Insurance Exchange, Fire Insurance Exchange and Truck Insurance Exchange), including their subsidiaries and affiliates, owned by their policyholders, and managed by Farmers Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information about Farmers, visit our Web site at www.farmers.com.
About the Red Cross of the Greater Los Angeles area
A volunteer-led humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Serving 37 cities in the Los Angeles region, the Red Cross provides relief for victims of house and apartment fires, earthquakes, floods hazardous material spills, transportation accidents, explosions and other natural or man-made disasters --- 24 hours a day. Last year, the chapter trained more than 100,000 people in vital life-saving skills, including CPR and first aid. For more information, please visit