This is an email I received from the company I used to work for. Very impressive.:
I watched the news reports on Hurricane Katrina last night for the first time, and was shocked by the extent of the suffering and devastation our neighbors are experiencing in New Orleans and the Gulf coast. I don’t know if you have seen the news, but thousands are presumed dead, tens of thousands are living in anarchy with no drinking water or food, and hundreds of thousands are displaced from their homes. It is hard to believe one of our great American cities has been destroyed overnight.
It is easy to immerse ourselves in the daily financial struggles of our own lives, and focus on the fiscal goals we have set for our own families. But as your payroll checks are direct deposited today in your individual bank accounts, I challenge each of you to consider how rich our lives really are, and whether it is appropriate to give something to ease the suffering and loss of the victims of Katrina.
One Technologies is going to give $1,000 today to the American Red Cross on behalf of our team. R., A., and myself encourage you to join us in helping these people, and therefore in addition we will match everything our employees give to charitable organizations for the next 2 weeks. Pick a charity you believe in, print out the receipts, and bring them to me and we will donate with you on the same day.
Thanks for taking the time to consider the plight of those affected by Hurricane Katrina, and don’t hesitate to come and talk to me if you have any questions.