Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced that his company will donate $2.5 million for Hurricane Sandy relief. The donation, which will go directly to the American Red Cross, was announced to Apple employees via email, according to 9to5Mac.

Cook explains:

Team:

For the past week, our thoughts have been with those affected by Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. And Apple employees and customers the world over have raised millions of dollars toward the relief effort so far. But we can always do more.

That’s why, on behalf of all our employees, Apple is making a donation of $2.5 million to the American Red Cross to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief. We hope this contribution will help families, businesses, and communities recover and rebuild.

Tim Cook
November 8, 2012

Late last month, Apple began accepting donations through a special Hurricane Sandy Relief page on the desktop iTunes Store and the iOS App Store.

As Aldrin Calimlim reported at the time:

iTunes will transfer 100% of your donation to the American Red Cross. Because iTunes is not sharing your personal information with the American Red Cross, the American Red Cross is unable to further acknowledge your donation. You will receive an email receipt from the iTunes Store which will serve as your only acknowledgement of your donation. The donation will also appear on your credit card statement as a transaction with the iTunes Store.

Hurricane Sandy’s wrath continues to be felt in New Jersey, New York, and in surrounding states.

Source: 9to5Mac