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McDONNELL DOUGLAS EARMARKS $100,000 TO AID LOS ANGELES RIOT AREA

McDONNELL DOUGLAS EARMARKS $100,000 TO AID LOS ANGELES RIOT AREA
 LONG BEACH, Calif., May 29 /PRNewswire/ -- McDonnell Douglas charitable organizations have earmarked $100,000 to help address the immediate needs and broader challenges of the greater Los Angeles area affected by the recent civil unrest.
 The McDonnell Douglas Employees Community Fund (ECF) and the McDonnell Douglas Foundation, each contributing $50,000 to the special fund, plan to support organizations in the Los Angeles- Long Beach area that are working with local residents to seeking solutions to the needs of the community.
 The special fund will be in addition to ongoing support provided to inner city community service organizations, which last year totaled more than $350,000.
 Through the ECF, McDonnell Douglas employees contribute more than $3 million annually in support of Southern California charitable organizations working to improve the quality of life in communities where they live.
 The St. Louis-based McDonnell Douglas Foundation distributes more than $8 million annually on behalf of McDonnell Douglas nationwide.
 Last week more than 30,000 employees of the Douglas Aircraft division of McDonnell Douglas in Long Beach were urged to donate clothing, shoes, toys and small appliances in a special effort to help those affected by the rioting in Los Angeles County.
 Donations will be given to Goodwill Industries, which plans to distribute them to the needy, including homeless veterans as part of Operation Stand Down, sponsored by the city of Long Beach.
 Robert H. Hood, president of Douglas Aircraft, also announced that the company's FeedAmerica food collection campaign this year will benefit many who were left homeless or without jobs because of the rioting. McDonnell Douglas collected 26,000 pounds of food in the campaign last year.
 This year's FeedAmerica campaign will run for two weeks in June. The donations are presented to Second Harvest, a South Bay area food bank that distributes food to the needy in the greater South Bay area.
 McDonnell Douglas also donated truck transportation during the crisis to deliver water from Orange County to the Long Beach Chapter of the American Red Cross for use where municipal water supplies were interrupted and to those made homeless. The water was donated by the Arrowhead Water Co.
 Hood said that divisions in our society prevent the community from reaching its full potential. He urged McDonnell Douglas employees to work through voluntary giving programs to show the rest of the nation that Los Angeles is a great community and is working to solve economic and social problems.
 Hood said that contributions to the greater Los Angeles area from businesses can take many forms. In 1991, he said, Douglas Aircraft spent nearly $600 million purchasing goods and services from businesses located in Los Angeles County.
 "An amount of that size," he said, "has a dramatic impact on the overall economy of this area. In addition, many of our employees spend their wages and salaries here, and those millions of dollars generate even more commerce for the local economy. We're proud to play a part."
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