Deere gives $1 million to Red Cross to help Japan -

Deere gives $1 million to Red Cross to help Japan

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) -- The John Deere foundation is giving $1 million to the Red Cross for relief efforts in Japan.

The world's largest maker of agricultural equipment said Tuesday that the foundation will also match any contributions from Deere employees up to an additional $500,000.

Deere's Chairman and CEO Samuel Allen says the company wants to help Japan recover after this month's earthquake and tsunami because the tragic events are having a profound effect on so many people.

The Deere Foundation's grant to help Japan does not include its regular gifts to the Red Cross. Deere still plans to give $250,000 to the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund and $250,000 the International Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

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