Taiwan has donated US$500,000 to the US Red Cross to help with reconstruction after Hurricane Harvey. The US State Department and American Institute in Taiwan Managing Director John Norris expressed gratitude for the donation. Norris said the generous gift was a symbol of the strong friendship between Taiwan and the US.
Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas and had an impact on Louisiana as well. Taiwan was the first country to announce its plans to donate money, to aid reconstruction. Taiwan is also giving a further US$300,000 to the Houston City Government’s post-disaster reconstruction fund. Meanwhile, Taiwanese nationals in the US have also been working to send supplies and aid for post-disaster relief.
Taiwan’s representative to the US, Stanley Kao, said that Taiwan has benefited from US aid in the past and would like to help the US at a time of need.
The donation ceremony was held at the American Red Cross headquarters. American Institute in Taiwan Managing Director John Norris, American Red Cross President Gail J. Mc Govern, and Director of the State Department’s Office of Taiwan Coordination, James Heller, in attendance.