We’ve seen companies contribute to charitable causes in the past, we’ve also seen them help out when tragedy has struck due to natural causes. Take Hurricane Sandy for example, believed to be the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the season last year, as well as the second costliest hurricane in the history of the U.S. To help out the victims, Samsung donated $3 million, Apple contributed $2.5 million and Goal Zero managed to bring $600000 worth of portable power products to bring power to the affectees. An entire year later, in an effort to bolster recovery, Google has donated 17,000 Nexus 7 tablets to libraries, businesses, community and senior centers in the areas affected by Sandy.
Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York said that private donations such as the one made by Google are “critical” in helping the local communities in their ongoing recovery after the superstorm Sandy, adding that they would like to thank the internet search giant for helping them to build back New York better than before. The 17,000 Nexus 7 tablets Google has donated have a retail value of $2.7 million, surely a drop in the ocean for a company of its size. Its a nice gesture though. If you remember, Google also postponed the launch of its Nexus 10 tablet back when Sandy struck.