TAMPA — Mitt Romney has been urging supporters to donate money to the American Red Cross to help fund storm relief efforts, and on Wednesday an aide disclosed that the Republican presidential nominee has made a donation himself. The aide declined to disclose the amount of the donation.In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Romney canceled his campaign events on Tuesday, instead staging a “storm relief event” in Kettering, Ohio. The nominee joined about 2,000 supporters to help pack supplies such as canned goods, rice and diapers.
“The American Red Cross appreciates the support from the Romney campaign and is working with the campaign to process this donation of supplies,” the relief agency said in a statement. “We are grateful that both the Obama and Romney campaigns have also encouraged the public to send financial donations to the Red Cross. We encourage individuals who want to help to consider making a financial donation or making an appointment to give blood.”
The organization generally “does not accept or solicit individual donations or collections of items,” according to its Web site, because dealing with incoming supplies “impedes the valuable resources of money, time, and personnel.”
Romney returns to full-time campaigning on Wednesday in Florida, with three rallies planned in Tampa, Coral Gables and Jacksonville. He will be accompanied by former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio (R).