Koch Industries Inc. announced today it is making an immediate $100,000 donation to support Wichita-area relief efforts following the tornadoes and high winds that hit 10 states in the Midwest and Plains regions over the weekend.
Half the money will go to the American Red Cross, Midway-Kansas Chapter, and half to the Wichita division of the Salvation Army. In addition, employee contributions to these two organizations will be matched by Koch, up to $100,000, for a combined potential total of $300,000. About 100 families in south Wichita were left homeless when the EF-3 tornado plowed through parts of the city on Saturday night. The money from Koch will be used to help those families stabilize their housing situations.
“Wichita is a strong and resilient community with a history of supporting those in need,” said Dave Robertson, president and chief operating officer of Koch Industries. “We want these families to know we stand with them as they begin the difficult process of rebuilding their lives.”
Koch companies employ more than 2,600 people in Wichita and 2,800 in Kansas. Over the last 10 years, Koch and Koch employees have contributed more than $5.5 million in cash and in-kind donations to assist disaster relief around the world.
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Koch companies directly employ nearly 50,000 people in 43 states and the District of Columbia.