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Uber donating $400K toward hurricane relief

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Saying its “hearts and minds” are with Hurricane Irma survivors, Uber on Tuesday said it was “donating $400,000 (worth) of rides, food, and relief to families and communities affected, as well as (to) first responders.”

The San Francisco-based ride-booking company made the announcement on its blog.

“To make sure these resources are deployed where they are most needed, we are working directly with government officials, Volunteer Florida, the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and other organizations across Florida and the Southeast,” the company posted.

Current efforts include providing free rides to and from shelters, and delivering donations of food and water to people in shelters.

“The safety of our riders and driver-partners is a top priority, and so we suspended service in several communities during the storm,” it said. “You can find updates on the current status of our operations in your city here.

“We look forward to continuing service in all impacted areas as soon as it’s safe to do so.”


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