The BP Foundation recently donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross of Alaska to aid in earthquake relief efforts.

"Alaskans have shown incredible resiliency after this disaster, but we know it will take a long time for many to recover,” Janet Weiss, president of BP Alaska, said. “We hope this donation will provide much-needed assistance to Alaskans impacted by the earthquake.”

The announcement was made in a press release sent by representatives of BP on Tuesday. According to the release, the foundation is also doing dollar-for-dollar matching of BP employee donations made to the charity or local disaster relief organization of their choice in support of those efforts.

“BP Alaska’s support of our Alaska Ready initiative is absolutely a contributing factor to why we were ready to respond and assist during the earthquake,” Tanguy Libbrecht, chief executive of the American Red Cross of Alaska, said.

The company has a history of donating to the American Red Cross of Alaska and plans to continue its support of the organization's long-term disaster response, the representatives said.

The donation by the BP Foundation is the latest to the Red Cross. Other organizations that have donated include ExxonMobil, Teck Resources, AT&T, GCI , Fred Meyer, Alaska Federal Credit Union and Alyeska Pipeline.

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