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Western Union Supports Red Cross Relief for Southeast Flood Victims

Qualifying donations for flood victims to American Red Cross now fee free* through Western Union and matched dollar for dollar

Published 10-14-15

Submitted by Western Union

To support communities and families affected by the recent severe flooding in the Southeast, The Western Union Company, a leader in global payment services, today announced it would enable consumers in the U.S. to give to the American Red Cross at no transfer fee, and the Western Union Foundation will match, dollar for dollar, qualifying consumer and agent donations made to the American Red Cross through Western Union, through October 31.

To donate to the American Red Cross under the “no transfer fee” program, consumers can use the Western Union® Quick Collect® or Payments Service through participating Western Union Agent locations exclusively in the US and all US territories.

  • Consumer matching program: Consumers who want to take advantage of the match can contribute to relief efforts by making a no-fee* payments transaction at participating Western Union® Agent locations, directly to the American Red Cross “Southeast Flood Relief” account. Consumer donations will be matched up to an aggregate total of $25,000 via a Western Union Foundation grant. 

To donate, complete the blue Payments section on the Western Union form, or Quick Pay form, using “American Red Cross” as the Pay To recipient; “REDCROSS DC” as the Code City, along with “Southeast Flood Relief” in the Account field.

  • Agent matching program: The Western Union Foundation will also provide a 1:1 match of qualifying contributions from participating Western Union Agents around the globe.

“We are committed to helping the communities we serve. The floods in South Carolina and other parts of the Southeast have caused significant damage. Our thoughts are with the families and communities that have been affected,” said Carter Hunt, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Western Union U.S.

“These contributions will help the American Red Cross mobilize quickly to assist with critical initiatives such as providing food, water and shelter to the families affected most by the flooding,” said Western Union Foundation President Patrick Gaston. 

About Western Union

The Western Union Company is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of June 30, 2015, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of over 500,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories and over 100,000 ATMs and kiosks, and included the capability to send money to millions of bank accounts. In 2014, The Western Union Company completed 255 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $85 billion of principal between consumers, and 484 million business payments. For more information, visit

About The Western Union Foundation

The Western Union Foundation is dedicated to creating a better world, where the ability to realize dreams through economic opportunity is not just a privilege for the few but a right for all. Through its signature program, Education for Better, and with the support of The Western Union Company, its employees, Agents, and business partners, The Western Union Foundation works to realize this vision by supporting education and disaster relief efforts as pathways toward a better future. Our combined social venture efforts make life better for individuals, families and communities around the world. Since its inception, The Western Union Foundation has paid more than $103 million in grants and other giving. These funds have been pledged to more than 2,760 nongovernmental organizations in more than 136 countries and territories. The Western Union Foundation, is a separate §501(c)(3) recognized United States charity. To learn more, visit, or Follow us on Twitter @TheWUFoundation.

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The Western Union Company, a leader in global payment services, believes access to financial services is a necessity. Western Union moves money reliably and quickly to almost every country - and we do it for extraordinary people seeking a better life and for businesses that generate jobs and opportunity.

Our business changes lives for the better. So does the Western Union Foundation: since 2001, the Western Union Foundation has awarded more than $101.1 million in grants to more than 2,730 nongovernmental organizations in more than 135 countries and territories..

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