Western Union Helps Caribbean Hurricane Victims

Date: Friday, September 17, 2004

The First Data Western Union Foundation and Western Union Financial Services, Inc., a major provider of money remittance services to the Caribbean, is pitching in US$50,000 to the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Society to support victims of Hurricane Ivan throughout the region.

In recent weeks, the foundation has made three grants totaling US$75,000 to the National American Red Cross and its Daytona Beach chapter to aid victims of Hurricanes Charley and Frances in the state of Florida.

In addition, Western Union is, for a limited time, reducing its current service fees by $5.00 on Western Union Money Transfer transactions up to a principal amount of $500.00 being sent from select areas to Jamaica, Grenada or the Cayman Islands. For example, during this period customers can send up to $300 to Jamaica for just $6.99. This offer applies to transactions originating at participating Western Union Agent locations in the New York area and select areas of Florida, including the Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe counties; Orlando, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville and Fort Meyers. This offer will continue through midnight, Eastern time on Saturday, Sept. 25. For more information, consumers can call (800) 325-6000.

Western Union also has established a special no service fee account for consumers who wish to help by making personal donations directly to the Red Cross. In the United States, consumers can visit any participating Western Union Agent location and fill out a blue Quick Collect form for the amount of their donation. Consumers will enter REDCROSSUSA in the Pay To and Code City fields and DC in the State field.

Western Union is also making this offer available to consumers through participating Agent locations in Canada, the United Kingdom and the Caribbean.

"Western Union is firmly committed to the communities it serves,” said Christina Gold, president, Western Union Financial Services. “We hope that our foundation’s donation to the Red Cross will allow that organization to respond to the most immediate needs of those affected by this disaster. At the same time, our reduced fees will make it easier for people to send emergency funds to loved ones who are beginning the process of rebuilding their lives."

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