Western Union Helps Victims Of Hurricane CharleyDate: Thursday, August 26, 2004
Showing support for those impacted by Hurricane Charley, the First Data Western Union Foundation has donated $50,000 to charitable organizations supporting relief efforts in Florida. In addition, Western Union Financial Services, Inc. will rebate transfer fees to U.S. consumers sending money transfer transactions from anywhere in the U.S. to the affected region.
The First Data Western Union Foundation has made two grants of $25,000 to the National American Red Cross and its Daytona Beach chapter. More than 400 First Data employees reside in Daytona Beach, an area hit hard by Hurricane Charley. The First Data Western Union Foundation, launched by First Data in 2000, was established to address needs in the areas of education, health and basic human services. Since its inception, in addition to its other charitable grants, the foundation has made more than 20 donations to support disaster relief efforts in the United States and around the world.
Additionally, effective immediately and continuing through Sept. 24, U.S. consumers wishing to send funds to disaster victims in and around Ft. Meyers, Orlando and Tampa can visit any of Western Union's nearly 45,000 agent locations throughout the United States to send money to disaster victims. Upon completion of the qualifying money transfer, consumers will be provided with a transaction receipt that can be submitted to Western Union for a refund of the transfer fees. Receipts postmarked by Oct. 1 will be refunded by check via U.S. mail.
"Western Union is committed to helping our employees and customers in Florida recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Charley," said Christina Gold, president, Western Union Financial Services. "We make it a top priority to support communities in need and hope our efforts will encourage people to support their loved ones impacted by the hurricane."
For a complete list of cities eligible for transaction fee rebates, please visit your local Western Union Agent location. Consumers seeking refunds should mail Western Union Money Transfer transaction receipts to:
Hurricane Charley Relief
Bridgeton Refund Department
P.O. Box 4430
Bridgeton, MO 63044
To further assist the victims of this and other disasters, contributions can be made to the American Red Cross by calling 1-800-HELP-NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions also can be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C., 20013.
About Western Union Financial Services, Inc. and First Data
Western Union Financial Services, Inc., a subsidiary of First Data Corp. (NYSE: FDC - News), is an international leader in consumer money transfer services. Consumers can quickly and reliably pay bills and transfer money around the globe using the company's proprietary money transfer network. Western Union and its subsidiary, Orlandi Valuta, together make up one of the world's largest money transfer networks with approximately 195,000 Agent locations in more than 195 countries and territories. Famous for its pioneering telegraph service, the original Western Union dates back to 1851 and introduced electronic money transfer service in 1871. For more information, please visit the company's Web site at www.westernunion.com.
First Data Corp. (NYSE: FDC - News), with global headquarters in Denver, helps power the global economy. Serving approximately 3.5 million merchant locations, 1,400 card issuers and millions of consumers, First Data makes it easy, fast and secure for people and businesses to buy goods and services, using virtually any form of payment: credit, debit, smart card, stored-value card or check at the point-of-sale, over the Internet or by money transfer. For more information, please visit the company's Web site at www.firstdata.com.
About the First Data Western Union Foundation
First Data Western Union Foundation, a charitable initiative of First Data Corp. and Western Union, believes in making the world a better place. The Foundation has an ongoing commitment to support education, health and human service programs in the United States and selected regions internationally that improve and enhance the lives of individuals, families and communities most in need. The First Data Western Union Foundation is supported by gifts from First Data, Western Union Financial Services, Inc., Western Union Agents, vendors, employees and other individual donors who believe in the mission of the Foundation. For more information, please visit the Foundation's Web site at www.firstdatawesternunion.org or call (303) 967-6606.
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