One of the leading US gaming operators of over 20 properties, Boyd Gaming, have announced yesterday that they would be giving matching donations of up to $50,000 to the Red Cross in Louisiana, as a way to help the relief efforts following the recent floods that hit the area. Their donation period will last until September the 12th, during which the company will match any dollar donated by those who want to help until they reach their 50k limit.

The US company have been operating entertainment venues in Lousiana ever since 1994, when their first venue, New Orleans’s Treasure Chest Casino opened, while four more came in the upcoming years: The Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel, Sam’s Town Shreveport and the Amelia Belle Casino. Their state-wide operations have thus far provided jobs to more than 2,500 people, which is the main drive behind the company’s generosity.

The CEO of Boyd Gaming, Keith Smith, released an official statement saying that it was their “privilege and honor” as one of the biggest and most prevailing gaming providers in the state to give to the community and people during times of necessity. He also invited the company’s business partners and customers to join in the support of the Red Cross’s vigorous efforts to restore and rebuild Louisiana.

The generous offer by Boyd Gaming was also saluted by Steve Scalise, U.S. House Majority Whip, who said that he applauds the leadership role that the company has taken on to help with the effort, and that this only showed that the state had a close community, with the efforts invested by neighbors who help each other as the main reasons behind its recovery.