May 28, 2008 Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Air Products (NYSE: APD) today announced that it has made a $100,000 donation to “Save the Children’s Earthquake Relief Effort for Children in China.” The May 12 earthquake in the Sichuan Province of western China destroyed schools, orphanages, hospitals and other institutions providing for large numbers of children. To help children recover from this crisis, Save the Children is beginning toset up child-friendly centers and temporary classrooms for primary schools in earthquake-affected communities. Save the Children has worked in China since 1995.
“Fortunately none of our colleagues living and working in China were harmed by this devastating earthquake but thousands of people, children in particular, have been left homeless. Our hearts are heavy as we see such suffering in the aftermath of this disaster,” said John McGlade, Air Products chairman, president and chief executive officer. “The global Air Products family is always ready to do whatever it can to help. Save the Children has over 75 years experience in disaster relief as well as development programs for children, and is in a very good position to address the specific needs of these children and their families.”
“Our employees throughout the company, and in Asia especially, want to contribute to the earthquake relief efforts,” said Wilbur Mok, Air Products Asia Region president. “We are collecting voluntary donations throughout the Asia region and the company will match these employee donations, adding both to our $100,000 corporate gift.”
About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in industrial, energy, technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment. Air Products has annual revenues of $10 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and 22,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.
About Save the Children
Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. For more than 75 years, the agency has helped children by improving their health, education and economic opportunities and, in times of acute crisis, provided assistance for children recovering from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Save the Children USA is a member of the International Save the Children Alliance, a global network of 28 independent Save the Children organizations helping children in more than 120 countries. For more information, visit www.savethechildren.org.
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