J. Smith Lanier & Co. plans to donate more than $50,000 to help the relief efforts in Haiti.
Employees raised $25,097 to help the earthquake-stricken Carribbean country. J. Smith Lanier & Co. then announced it plans to match those donations and contribute $25,000.
Almost $38,000 of that will go to the American Red Cross. The rest will go to the Haitian American Friendship Foundation, Americares, UMCOR, Hope for Haiti and other nonprofits dedicated to helping Haiti.
“J. Smith Lanier & Co. employees are saddened by the devastation caused by the earthquake and want to help,” D. Gaines Lanier, company chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this disaster, as well as the relief volunteers and organizations.”
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J. Smith Lanier & Co. is based in West Point, Ga. With 575 employees at 19 offices across five states, it is one of the largest privately owned insurance brokers in the U.S.