HVAC equipment maker Danfoss and welding firm Lincoln Electric are among those sending aid to those struck by the devastating hurricanes along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Danfoss' Clausen Foundation charity is matching funds given by employees to the American Red Cross. The company has also donated equipment and supplies to the relief efforts.

When the Flomatic division in New York was told that the most pressing need in the stricken area was for drinking water, Danfoss logistics immediately sent over 17 tons of bottled water to Louisiana.

The burner division in Baltimore received an urgent request from the U.S. Coast Guard for an oil burner pump needed to ready one of their ships for dispatch to the Gulf of Mexico. Danfoss customer service personnel sent a pump within an hour.

"Danfoss has identified social responsibility as one of its five core values," said Robert Wilkins, responsible for global business services in the Americas for Danfoss. "It is obvious from the number of employees who have made contributions, as well as from the generous amounts given, that social responsibility runs deep as a value in Danfoss people, too."

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. is also helping hurricane victims by partnering with the Future Farmers of America. The company donated engine-driven welders/generators for emergency power through FFA chapters to schools in the three stricken Gulf States.

"Our hearts go out to those who have survived or lost loved ones in the devastation of Hurricane Katrina," said John M. Stropki, chairman and CEO of Lincoln Electric. "Some of our own salespeople in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama were affected. They and their families are safe and accounted for, as we are helping provide the support they need to get their lives back together."

In addition to the company's donation of welding generators, Lincoln Electric employees contributed to the American Red Cross and other organizations. The company matched those donations.

Lincoln Electric also responded to increased demand by supplying its industrial, rental and retail distributors and customers with product to help their communities.

"The recovery effort will take time, and I want to assure all of our business partners that Lincoln Electric will provide a steady increased supply of product to help them operate, and in some cases, rebuild," said Stropki.