Apple Donating $1 Million to Fire Relief Efforts in Northern California

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    Apple has pledged to donate $1 million to fire relief efforts in Northern California, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

    In addition to donating $1 million, Apple will also match employee donations two-for-one.

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    Tim Cook on Tuesday said Apple would donate to relief efforts, but at the time, he did not specify a dollar amount.


    There are several fires raging in Napa, Sonoma, and Santa Rosa, California, a popular area known as "wine country." Fires in Southern and Northern California are common in October, a dry month often impacted by dry, high-speed Santa Ana/Diablo winds, which makes for deadly fire conditions.

    The fires in Northern California are the worst that have been seen in recent years, and the deadliest in terms of structures destroyed and people killed. 23 people have died and hundreds are marked as missing.

    Fires first started on late Sunday night and have raged on since then. Even today, Thursday, the fires remain almost entirely uncontained and thousands of people are still evacuating from their homes.

    Other tech companies have also pledged donations. Facebook will also donate $1 million, while Google will donate $500,000.

    Article Link: Apple Donating $1 Million to Fire Relief Efforts in Northern California
     
  2. osh4life macrumors newbie

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    A Whole $Million dollars? Wow. Such Generosity.
     
  3. ArtOfWarfare macrumors 604

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    Does it really count as donating when you're paying to take care of the disaster that's happening in your backyard and risks destroying your property if it isn't resolved?
     
  4. wigby macrumors 65816

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    Yes it does. And when Apple donates to international causes they get criticized for not supporting America more. I guess they shouldn’t donate any money to anything to keep you happy.
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    We’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you’re being sarcastic.
     
  5. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    What Does the amount Have anything to do with being generous? Apple is donating towards the cause, it doesn't always have to be about the dollar amount.
     
  6. UnLiMiTeD558 macrumors 6502

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    Bunch of whiners. How much have you donated?
     
  7. ArtOfWarfare macrumors 604

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    I don't criticize them for donating to non-American organizations (or to American organizations, for that matter.) I do sometimes criticize them for the small quantities that they donate, but I'm making no such criticism here.

    I'm just saying that this is paying for something they're immediately benefiting from. Not having wildfires spread to their brand new campus is good for them.
     
  8. GrumpyMom macrumors 603

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    It is a horrible way for people and animals to die and it’s counterproductive to quibble over any relief efforts, which I’m sure are appreciated by those in need. I have a friend whose family lost everything in a house fire and while we all reached out to help her family rebuild their home and lives there are some things that can’t ever be regained, like lost mementos and a sense of security in one’s own home. I can see she still has vestiges of PTSD from a very harrowing escape.

    I hope our forum friends in the affected areas are safe and sound and remain so. I wish and hope a lot of things for all who are in harms way but that is a part of what I’m able to express here.
     
  9. Cmd-Z macrumors 6502

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    Perhaps you're just being sarcastic, but Apple's facilities are far away from the risks of this disaster (complete opposite end of SF bay, and then some).
     
  10. OldSchoolMacGuy macrumors 68030

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    How many million did you or your business donate?
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    None of the Apple campuses are at risk. Those fires would have to be the largest ever seen in this country to make their way across the bay and to Cupertino.

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    And you have donated how much? Several people I know have lost their homes and everything they own, and yes I've donated several hundred dollars to those who have lost everything (I know its not much but everything helps and it could have been me that have lost everything).
     
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    How to quickly extinguish forest fires
    Just use a network of infrared satellites, seaplanes and helicopters to both extinguish fires in a few minutes after starting and catch pyromaniacs. Couple that with severe punishments. End of problem worldwide. But it seems that we are much more interested on communication satellites for basically 99% useless social networks.
     
  14. wigby macrumors 65816

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    Cupertino is so far from the CA wildfires, they might as well be donating to a foreign cause. No one at Apple is thinking about their personal safety or property. Look at a map.
     
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    Unbelievably cheap!!!! Bet their customers have spent many multiple millions in the fire ravaged areas. Thanks a lot, Tim, can't wait until you're gone.


     
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    A. It wouldn’t work, they do use planes to fight fires and they still burn like this.

    B. While you want to protect structures it is good for the forests to burn periodically, otherwise they become unhealthy and build up so much flammable dead material that eventually a fire will start and get out of control and destroy a lot more buildings than you would lose otherwise.
     
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    Brilliant! You should continue solving worldwide problems, you’re really good at it.
     
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    Seriously? Yes, the amount does matter. You don't think there would be a different response if Apple said they would donate $5,000 or $5,000,000,000.? Of course, the amount matters. Liberals like Tim Cook complain all day about the rich not "paying their fair share" (whatever that means)... Here Apple is the richest of the rich, and a million dollars is pocket change that gets them a bit of nice publicity.
     
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    It is not that far, and their skies are filled with the same haze and smoke like the rest of the us in the bay area. Also several Apple execs have second homes (or third or ...) in the area, like many tech execs do. Once you made a lot of money in tech, starting a winery is on the bucket list.
     
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    Do you realize that some of these fires was started by high winds causing the power lines to touch each other and creating sparks that started the fires? It was quite windy there before the fires was started.
     
  21. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    So basically better not to give anything? Sound logic.
     
  22. iapplelove macrumors 68040

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    And a billion to a new data facility lol
     
  23. blacktape242 macrumors 65816

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    Actually thats not true.

    Yes the high wind part is true but your theory of touching power lines is not true at all. The fires in the foothills were due to high winds and camp fires. The fires near the napa and sonoma were by PGE power lines that fell and touched the ground due to high winds. Yes, I have inside information. PGE is already accepting demand packages for those.
     
  24. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    While the details might be different it still all similarly applies in the same fashion to what was suggested in the original post that all that was in reply to: https://forums.macrumors.com/thread...in-northern-california.2077304/#post-25214923
     

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