The presidential photo opportunities might be over, but that doesn’t mean Minnesotans have stopped stepping up to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. 
The Medtronic Foundation this week announced that it is donating $250,000 to the American Red Cross to support relief efforts in the aftermath of the superstorm.
But Medtronic is doing more than giving cash. Medtronic employees who wish to head east to help are being offered five days of paid leave in order to help with clean up and recovery.
 According to its Web site, the Medtronic Foundation is “committed to improving the lives of people around the world living with chronic disease, with a majority of grant-making committed to expanding access to quality healthcare among underserved populations.”
This certainly goes beyond that. This probably fits the second part of the foundation’s mission – the one that supports “health initiatives in communities where Medtronic employees live and give.”