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Nationwide Responds To Ike

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An affiliate of a multiline insurer is stepping up to support efforts to recover from the massive storm that pounded communities such as Galveston, Texas, and Houston over this past weekend.

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, Columbus, Ohio, says the Nationwide Foundation is giving $275,000 to the Red Cross to help the Red Cross cope with hurricanes.

The foundation has given a total of $1 million to disaster relief efforts this year, the Nationwide says.

The hurricane knocked power out for millions, displaced hundreds of thousands of people, and destroyed tens of thousands of homes.

“These tragedies hit very close to home,” John Raybuck, a Nationwide regional vice president, says in a statement. “Ike has had a profound impact on the lives of thousands of our own associates and many customers of Nationwide. We’re hopeful that other corporate citizens with the means will choose to support the American Red Cross in helping people in our region rebuild their lives.”

In addition to donating cash, Nationwide has sent trucks full of ice, bottled water, diapers, baby formula, crackers, granola bars, soap, toilet paper, and bug spray to Ike victims in Houston, the company says.