Many people are still in shock after last week’s terrorist attacks in the U.S., but that hasn’t stopped them from helping those affected by this disaster. Donations have been pouring in to relief agencies, and the gaming industry is offering its support as well.
Many large brick-and-mortar casino companies have made sizeable donations to the relief effort over the past week. Mandalay Resort Group and Harrah’s Entertainment each donated $1 million to the families of the New York policemen and fire fighters who were killed in the attacks.
MGM Mirage made its own $1 million donation to the American Red Cross relief effort, while Pinnacle Entertainment will be donating a minimum of $500,000 to the children of victims and the Mohegan Tribe will donate $1 million to the Twin Tower fund. The fund will assist the families of those killed in the World Trade Center as well as the families of the fire and police personnel who lost their lives.
The online gambling industry has also stepped up to the plate and has contributed to the relief effort. Casino on Net has donated $50,000 on behalf of its staff and members to The September 11th Fund of United Way of New York.
Paypal, the online payment service used by many Net casinos, is also collecting donations. To date, PayPal donations total $1.43 million; 100% of the money raised goes to the National Disaster Relief Fund of the American Red Cross.
WINNERonline has made its own donation to the American Red Cross and challenges all other online gambling portals, news sites, and online casinos to make a similar contribution to this worthy cause.
Donations can be made through Yahoo.com to any of the following relief agencies: the American Red Cross, the New York Firefighter’s Fund, and the Salvation Army. These three funds have raised more than $21 million to date and continue to grow daily.