(UPI)--Two charitable funds of the John Deere agricultural machine manufacturer will donate money to the Sept. 11 Fund to help those who suffered losses due to the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
The John Deere Special Fund for America will donate $367,000 to the relief fund, while the John Deere Foundation will contribute $65,000 to support the use of John Deere equipment in the recovery efforts in New York.
The Special Fund for America was created two months ago and consists of contributions from Deere employees, retirees, customers and dealers who chose to donate. The foundation is the company's usual charitable arm.
"The Sept. 11 Fund will make good use of these contributions by helping the broadest group of disaster victims," foundation President James Collins said.
"The goodwill of all those who contributed to the special fund will be felt by many people who are in need," Collins said.
Sept. 11 Fund Director Joshua Gotbaum said the contributions will help.
"We are delighted that the John Deere Foundation understands the wide range of people who are affected by this tragedy, and what it will take to rebuild our communities," Gotbaum said.