Bank, Walmart commit to help victims of hurricane

First Hawaiian Bank and Walmart have announced relief programs for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana.

The bank established the “Aloha Relief for Harvey Fund” to help American Red Cross efforts to aid people devastated by the storm.

The bank donated the first $25,000 to the fund, and its branches in Hawaii, Guam and Saipan will serve as community donation collection points through Sept. 30, First Hawaiian said.

The American Red Cross in Hawaii has deployed more than a dozen volunteers to the disaster area.

Meanwhile, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed up to $20 million in support of hurricane relief efforts.

The commitment includes $10 million for Red Cross shelters and $2 million in support of the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

Walmart is matching customer donations 2-to-1 with cash and product donations of up to $10 million to support American Red Cross disaster relief. The retail giant said its initial emphasis would be on supporting mega-shelters, providing items to meet basic needs, such as water, infant formula, diapers, underwear and personal hygiene products.

Walmart also will aim to help make shelters more comfortable by providing items such as televisions, DVDs, games and stuffed animals for children and healthy snacks, such as fresh fruit.

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation also will give additional cash and product donations totaling $10 million to support the Salvation Army, Feeding America, Convoy of Hope, Team Rubicon and the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, as well as other organizations assisting food distribution, sheltering and cleanup efforts.

Walmart said it would continue to deliver water and emergency supplies to the areas in greatest need throughout the region.

Customers can text WALMART to 90999 and have the option to donate $10 via their wireless carriers.

For every dollar donated through Wednesday, Walmart will contribute $2 in cash or supplies.

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