Corporations Sometimes Really Are People
Yes, businesses exist to make money. But businesses aren't Skynet. They don't exist absent human thought and input. And no one, not even corporate leaders, can be unmoved by the images of heroism and community demonstrated in Texas this week.
Many owners, boards of directors, and other corporate leaders were as impacted by the resilience and enduring human spirit seen in the deep waters, and they've decided to put their products where their hearts are. Some examples listed by Investor's Business Daily, of compassionate activities from the private business sector:
HEB Grocery, which has more than 150 stores in Texas, sent its mobile kitchens to Houston to provide meals, pharmacy services, and ATMs.
KL Outdoor in Michigan is paying the shipping costs to send 2,000 kayaks to the region.
Bass Pro is providing 80 boats.
Duracell is sending out free batteries to anyone impacted by the storm.
Anheuser-Busch InBev has sent more than 155,000 cans of drinking water.Airbnb activated its disaster response program, called “Urgent Accommodations,”which lets evacuees find lodging, with all service fees waived. Those with rooms to spare can use Airbnb to offer their space for free.
Mobile carriers are issuing waivers and credits to customers in the area.
The owner of the Kansas-based Vapebar sent a truck load of diapers, nonperishable food, telling a local news channel that ” a lot of bad things are happening down there right now and we need to help them out.”
A multitude of businesses are donating large sums of money for relief efforts, including Aetna, Amazon, Boeing, Caterpillar, Wells Fargo, Home Depot, Coca-Cola, Lowe’s.
Waffle House has become an indicator of how bad a weather disaster is because the restaurant chain is so determined to keep operating in the worst conditions.
But wait, there's more! Multiple news reports show that corporate leaders like Wal-Mart and others have donated millions in cash and products to help those afflicted by this natural disaster, and it's that kind of charitable contribution that makes these corporate entities human.
Of course, there are going to be jerks who try to capitalize on other people's misfortune. Everyone hears the horror stories of price-gouging (or conversely of looting). Humanity is not immune to its lower impulses, but when it comes to a time of need, Americans, both everyday and powerful, really do reach for their better angels.
Know any business owners or neighbors helping out? What have you done? Tell us your stories.