Edmonton Philanthropist Jesse Willms Donates Money To Hurricane Irene Relief Efforts

Jesse Willms, internet entrepreneur and philanthropist, has recently donated $1000 to Direct Relief International. “Hurricanes are one of the most dangerous and unpredictable weather conditions nature can throw at our homes and our families,” Willms said. “They create physical and medical emergency situations that agencies like Direct Relief International can help ameliorate.”

Online PR News – 31-August-2011 – – Edmonton businessman and philanthropist Jesse Willms has donated $1,000 to Direct Relief International to help them care for victims of Hurricane Irene.

“Hurricane Irene has affected the lives of tens of thousands of people up and down the east coast of America,” Willms said. “Direct Relief International has the experience and expertise to help them, so I am proud to support their ongoing efforts.”

Hurricane Irene swept through the East Coast on August 27 and 28, leaving power outages, damaged homes, rising rivers and flood conditions in its wake. The storm's power was such that for the first time in over 50 years, parts of Manhattan were evacuated in advance of its projected landfall.

Direct Relief International has the experience and expertise to help them, so I am proud to support their ongoing efforts.

“Hurricanes are one of the most dangerous and unpredictable weather conditions nature can throw at our homes and our families,” Willms said. “They create physical and medical emergency situations that agencies like Direct Relief International can help ameliorate.”

Direct Relief International is one of the largest medical relief organizations in America. It is active in all 50 states and has provided more than $250 million in medicine and medical supplies across the United States.

“Direct Relief International is one of the few organizations to receive a 100 percent fundraising efficiency rating from Forbes,” Willms said. “That means the maximum amount of every contribution possible goes to help people instead of being wasted on unneeded overhead.”

Direct Relief International is using donations to provide stricken communities with “prep packs” filled with medical supplies that can be used to help people stay healthy in the storm's aftermath.

Willms is a well-known Edmonton businessman. He started his first company in his parents’ basement when he was 16 years old, and has since grown it into a multimillion-dollar business.

Over the past 18 months he has turned his efforts to philanthropy, donating a large sum of his profit and many hours of his time to non-profit groups.

“I want to do my part to make the world a better place,” Willms said.

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