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Nationwide Insurance Foundation Announces $300,000 Donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund for Sandy Response

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COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

As efforts are underway across the northeast to clean-up the massive damage that resulted from Sandy, Nationwide Insurance is joining forces with the American Red Cross to support the people in these communities that have endured tremendous loss. The Nationwide Insurance Foundation announced today a $300,000 donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to aid the growing number of families in need.

Sandy has caused widespread devastation to entire communities throughout this region as evidenced by more than 21,000 claims that have already been made through our agents and call centers.

“We are compassionate about how the devastation is affecting people right now and the impact it has caused in their personal lives," said Chad Jester, president of the Nationwide Insurance Foundation. "We want to make every effort possible to help the victims of this terrible disaster work toward recovery.”

Along with this donation, Nationwide is working to deploy agents and associates to this region to provide information to its members and support to the communities where it is needed the most.

“Hurricane Sandy's winds, rains and snow brought devastation and uncertainty to millions of people. The impact of Hurricane Sandy will be felt up and down the East Coast and even further West, and the road to recovery will be long for many families,” said Neal Litvack, American Red Cross chief development officer. “Through the generosity of its partners such as the Nationwide Insurance Foundation, the American Red Cross can quickly respond with shelter, food and comforting words, helping affected residents during the storm and afterward as they move toward recovery.”

The American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund will help meet immediate needs of victims of the storm by providing food, shelter, emotional support, clean up kits and other assistance for families and communities as they begin to rebuild their lives. People interested in donating to the Red Cross may donate online at www.redcross.org/charitable-donations, call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 mobile donation.

“We're grateful for Nationwide Insurance's dedication to the Red Cross mission,” said Litvack.

About the Nationwide Insurance Foundation

The Nationwide Insurance Foundation is an independent corporation funded by contributions from Nationwide companies. Founded in 1959, the Nationwide Insurance Foundation has committed more than $290 million since 2000 to help nonprofit organizations in communities where Nationwide members, associates, agents and their families live and work. Just as Nationwide supports its members in their moment of need, the company's involvement in its home communities is focused on supporting organizations that help people facing critical or immediate need. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com/corporatecitizenship

About American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

About Nationwide

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor's. The company provides customers a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto insurance, motorcycle, boat, homeowners, pet, life insurance, farm, commercial insurance, annuities, mortgages, mutual funds, pensions, long-term savings plans and specialty health services. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.

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Nationwide
Brandi Martin, 614-249-3243
martib7@nationwide.com

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