Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Cox Enterprises Donates $175,000 to Aid Metro Atlanta Flood Victims

/PRNewswire/ -- Cox Enterprises, Inc. announced today a combined cash donation of $175,000 to three non-profit aid agencies to support flood recovery efforts in metro Atlanta. More than 20,000 homes and other structures suffered major damage across 17 Georgia counties, which have now been declared federal disaster areas.

"Cox Enterprises has a legacy of helping our employees in times of great need," said Jimmy Hayes, president and CEO of Cox Enterprises. "Cox is also committed to helping our community-at-large, so we're supporting two long-time partners on the front line of this disaster."

The donation will be shared among the Cox Employee Disaster Relief Fund ($75,000), the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta's Disaster Relief Fund ($50,000) and the American Red Cross (Metro Atlanta) Disaster Relief Fund ($50,000). Created in 2005, the Cox Employee Disaster Relief Fund aided company employees during Hurricane Katrina and the California wildfires and will now assist Cox's affected Atlanta-area employees.

In addition to Cox Enterprises' $175,000 donation, many of its Cox Media Group properties in Atlanta provided vital information during the crisis. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WSB-TV and WSB-AM, News Talk 750 experienced record-breaking ratings and online usage as each news team covered the event around the clock. They released flood warnings over the air, online, mobile text alerts, in print and on Twitter. The media properties continue to provide updates and share how metro Atlantans can help those impacted in the community.

Basic paper items such as paper towels, toilet paper and diapers are in extreme need. In partnership with the United Way, Cox companies with local office locations including Cox Communications, AutoTrader.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution have placed collection containers for these items in their office lobbies and are encouraging employees to donate.

Individuals interested in providing assistance can find information by calling 404-614-1000 (United Way) or 1-800-REDCROSS (American Red Cross).

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