Microsoft providing initial $100,000 grant to American Red Cross to assist Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

Arif Bacchus

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This past weekend, rain and winds from Hurricane Harvey ravaged through the Texas region here in the United States. As pictures from Houston and other Texas cities impacted by the storm roll in across social media, the world is getting a glimpse at the true extent of the flooding and damage left behind by the hurricane. Well, in this time of need, Microsoft is stepping up to assist, providing an initial $100,000 grant to the American Red Cross to aid in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Seen above, Jane Meseck, a Senior Director of Global Programs at Microsoft Philanthropies, was the first to spread word on Microsoft’s initial $100,000 grant. In addition, the Microsoft Philanthropies Twitter account also stepped in, pinning a tweet about how you can support those in the path of Hurricane Harvey by donating to the American Red Cross.

Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith also tweeted about the need for relief in Texas, saying that Microsoft’s $100,000 grant is an “Important first step,” and that “Microsoft & many other companies will do more.”

Back in 2007, Microsoft was one of the first tech companies to support the Gulf Coast region after Hurricane Katrina and Rita ravaged through the area. Microsoft has also assisted following many other natural disasters, including Hurricane Matthew in 2016, the Nepal Earthquake in 2015, and the Kumamoto Earthquake in 2016.