Lilly Foundation gives to China, Myanmar relief

May 20, 2008
Lilly Foundation is on a spending spree.

The charitable arm of Eli Lilly and Co. announced today that it is giving $1.1 million to relief organizations working in China and Myanmar, both of which were hit by natural disasters this month.

The gift announcement comes the day after the Lilly Foundation revealed a $1 million gift to provide mental health services to veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

To help with relief efforts after a massive earthquake in China, the foundation is giving $800,000 in antibiotics, and possibly insulin and mental health medications later. The foundation also will give $175,000 in cash to Project HOPE and Mercy Corps., and will match up to $25,000 in employee contributions to the American Red Cross China Relief Fund.

In Myanmar, where a cyclone and flooding killed thousands, Lilly Foundation will give $100,000 in cash to Save the Children and World Vision.

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