AFL and its associates have donated more than $47,000 to the International Red Cross to assist relief efforts in disaster-devastated Japan. Employees donated more than $23,000, and AFL matched each donation dollar-for-dollar, raising the total above the $47k mark. Donations were made from the date of the disaster through the end of March.
Contributors included associates from AFL's Spartanburg, SC facility and AFL locations around the world, including in Europe and Mexico. Contributions also came from sister companies such as AFL's automotive division.
AFL's parent company, Fujikura Ltd., is headquartered in Tokyo. All associates and their families are accounted for, although a number of extended-family members and friends were affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
"Sometimes we feel so helpless being on the other side of the world, but one way we could give back was through monetary donations sent to the Red Cross and specifically designated for the Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami relief efforts," said Corie Culp, community relations manager for AFL. "It seems so small but we know it'll make a difference combined with the efforts of everyone around the world."