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Vought Aircraft And Its Employees Raised $40,000 For Save The Children

Daniel Guevarra

April 7, 2010 – Vought Aircraft Industries announced today that it raised a total of $40,388 for Save the Children through a special one-time matching gift program. Vought launched the campaign in response to employees asking for some extraordinary response to the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti.

The company partnered with Save the Children to create the matching gift program. Every dollar donated by an employee was matched dollar-for-dollar by the company from February through March. 

The 2010 Haiti earthquake was a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 M  earthquake, with an epicentre near the town of Léogâne, approximately 25 km (16 miles) west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital.

The earthquake occurred at 16:53 local time (21:53 UTC) on Tuesday, 12 January 2010. By 24 January, at least 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater had been recorded. An estimated three million people were affected by the quake the Haitian Government reports that between 217,000 and 230,000 people have died, an estimated 300,000 injured, and an estimated 1,000,000 homeless. The death toll is expected to rise. It has been estimated that 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings had collapsed or were severely damaged. 

The earthquake caused major damage to Port-au-Prince, Jacmel and other settlements in the region. Many notable landmark buildings were significantly damaged or destroyed, including the Presidential Palace, the National Assembly building, the Port-au-Prince Cathedral, and the main jail. Among those killed were Archbishop of Port-au-Prince Joseph Serge Miot, and opposition leader Micha Gaillard. The headquarters of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), located in the capital, collapsed, killing many, including the Mission's Chief, Hédi Annabi. 

Save the Children is a leading independent organization creating lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. They have worked in Haiti continuously since 1978. The organization has provided lifesaving assistance to more than 550,000 quake-affected Haitian children and adults. It also is developing a bold and ambitious plan to support Haitians and to build a better future for children at every step.


“We selected Save the Children to partner with for this cause because it’s so important to get it done right,” said Elmer Doty, Vought president and chief executive officer. “They have been working in Haiti for more than three decades and know how to support people in need. Save the Children leads humanitarian efforts around the world, ensuring children and their families are at the centre of all rebuilding efforts.” 

Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc. is one of the world's largest independent suppliers of aerostructures. Headquartered in Dallas, the company designs and manufactures major airframe structures such as wings, fuselage subassemblies, empennages, nacelles and other components for prime manufacturers of aircraft. Vought has annual sales of approximately $1.9 billion and about 6,000 employees in eight U.S. locations.
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