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Washington Mutual Announces $250,000 Donation to American Red Cross
SEATTLE, Sep 11, 2001 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Washington Mutual (NYSE:WM) today announced the company is making a $250,000 donation to the American Red Cross disaster relief fund.

The funds will be used to provide recovery relief to the victims of today's East Coast attacks.

"In the aftermath of the tragedies on the East Coast, Washington Mutual employees send our sympathy and support to the families and friends of those directly impacted by this horrible tragedy," said Kerry Killinger, the company's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We hope that our contribution to the American Red Cross will provide assistance to those who desperately need it."

Individual donations will be accepted on behalf of the American Red Cross at Washington Mutual financial centers (branches) by using account number 179-198417-3.

With a history dating back to 1889, Washington Mutual (NYSE:WM) is a national financial services company that provides a diversified line of products and services to consumers and small- to mid-sized businesses. At June 30, 2001, Washington Mutual and its subsidiaries had consolidated assets of $229.30 billion. Washington Mutual currently operates more than 2,300 consumer banking, mortgage lending, commercial banking, consumer finance and financial services offices throughout the nation.

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