Rite Aid Foundation supports American Red Cross’ Wildfire Relief Efforts in Southern California with $100,000 donation

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2017-Dec-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Rite Aid Foundation announced today a $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross to help the victims, families and communities in Southern California affected by the devastating wildfires.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the wildfires, which are being counted among the worst in California’s history,” said Kermit Crawford, Rite Aid president and chief operating officer and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “The Rite Aid Foundation is proud to partner with the American Red Cross to help the people and communities in Southern California in their time of need and it’s our hope this donation will aid them as they start to rebuild and recover.”

“As the Red Cross helps those affected by disasters like the California wildfires, we are extremely grateful for The Rite Aid Foundation’s support, which allows us to shelter, feed and provide comfort to people who have been impacted by a disaster,” said Don Herring, chief development officer at the American Red Cross.

Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $34 million to non-profit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $81 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with fiscal 2017 annual revenues of $32.8 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

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Contact:

Media: Ashley Flower 717-975-5718

SOURCE: Rite Aid Corp.

Wakefern Food Corp. donates $50,000 to the American Red Cross for its ongoing hurricane relief efforts

Edison, NJ, 2017-Nov-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wakefern Food Corp. presented a $50,000 check to the American Red Cross at its corporate offices on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Red Cross representatives who accepted the check on Tuesday said the money will help with ongoing hurricane relief efforts focused on providing shelter, food and water to people who continue to struggle in places like Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida. The American Red Cross responds to nearly 66,000 events and disasters each year.

Working with trusted partners like the Red Cross and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, ShopRite and Wakefern have donated supplies and funds while ShopRite associates volunteered their time, talent and resources to make a difference in communities that are still hurting. Wakefern and ShopRite donated more than $100,000 in supplies and funds to hurricane relief over the last few months, including the donation of 100,000 bottles of water to storm ravaged Puerto Rico.

After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, ShopRite reached out to its network of charity partners who were consulting with disaster relief agencies on the ground to assess the situation and determine what goods were most needed on the battered island. ShopRite worked with the Community FoodBank of New Jersey to deliver 50 pallets of water to Newark Airport, where a United Airlines plane delivered the water to hard hit San Juan, Puerto Rico. ShopRite also sent truck drivers to Puerto Rico to help with the difficult process of food and water delivery on the island.

A ShopRite tractor-trailer loaded with supplies was also dispatched to the Houston Food Bank in September to help Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas. 

About Wakefern Food Corp.
From a small, local cooperative that began with eight grocery store owners, Wakefern Food Corp. has grown into the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States. Founded in 1946, the cooperative comprises 50 members who today independently own and operate 344 supermarkets under the ShopRite, The Fresh Grocer, Price Rite and Dearborn Market banners in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Virginia. Together with its member companies, Wakefern employs more than 70,000 people, and is one of the largest employers in New Jersey. For more information, please visit www.wakefern.com.

SOURCE: Wakefern Food Corp

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ShopRite donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross and 100,000 bottles of water to Puerto Rico

ShopRite donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross and 100,000 bottles of water to Puerto Rico

Keasbey, NJ, 2017-Oct-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — ShopRite this month donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross and 100,000 bottles of water to hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico, and last month a ShopRite tractor-trailer loaded with supplies was dispatched to the Houston Food Bank to help Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas.

In the wake of three devastating hurricanes affecting Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, ShopRite is supporting several relief efforts to help people rebuild their lives. Working with trusted partners like the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and the American Red Cross, ShopRite has donated $100,000 in supplies and funds while ShopRite associates volunteered their time, talent and resources to make a difference in communities that are hurting.

After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, ShopRite reached out to its network of charity partners who were consulting with disaster relief agencies on the ground to assess the situation and determine what goods were most needed on the battered island.

ShopRite worked with the Community FoodBank of New Jersey to deliver 50 pallets of water to Newark Airport, where a United Airlines plane was ready to deliver the water to hard hit San Juan, Puerto Rico. ShopRite’s Transportation team also sent truck drivers to Puerto Rico to help with the difficult process of food and water delivery on the island.

“We have real experience in supporting communities in times of crisis. It’s part of a long tradition of community commitment at ShopRite and we are proud to be able to support the latest relief efforts in Puerto Rico and other areas hit hard by hurricanes this season,” said Christine Magyarits, ShopRite’s community relations manager.

The ability to tap a supply chain of warehouses and fleet of trucks enables ShopRite to respond to crises with targeted action.

On Sept. 10, ShopRite sent a tractor-trailer filled with food and supplies ­– everything from granola bars and protein packets to toothpaste, shampoo and diapers – to the Houston Food Bank to help victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Several associates, pictured right, volunteered to drive the truck to Houston. Many of the family-owned ShopRite stores across six states in the northeast are also supporting locally-organized hurricane relief efforts in the communities where those stores operate.

About ShopRite 
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ, and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With more than 270 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Since the program began in 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated $43 million to food banks that support more than 2,200 worthy charities. As a title sponsor of the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer, ShopRite has donated $30 million to local organizations, hospitals and community groups. For more information, please visit www.shoprite.com.

SOURCE: Wakefern Food Corp

MEDIA CONTACT
Karen O’Shea
Maureen Gillespie

Phone: 732-906-5295

Wawa and The Wawa Foundation launch in-store crisis campaign for American Red Cross Hurricane Irma disaster relief efforts

Wawa, PA, 2017-Sep-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wawa, Inc. and The Wawa Foundation Inc. today announced the launch of a chain-wide, in-store crisis campaign, designed to provide disaster relief assistance to those communities most affected by Hurricane Irma. The campaign is being held in partnership with the American Red Cross and allows customers to help contribute to Hurricane Irma disaster relief by adding $1, $3, or $5 to their Wawa purchase at checkout.

The campaign will run from Sept. 12 through Sept. 22 in all of Wawa’s over 760 stores throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida. All donations made through The Wawa Foundation’s campaign will be donated to the Red Cross and will be designated specifically for Hurricane Irma disaster relief efforts. These funds will be used to help the Red Cross provide immediate and vital support to those communities suffering from the effects of Hurricane Irma.

“All of us at Wawa join the entire country in our support and hope that we can all weather these storms together. We believe we have a responsibility to provide assistance and aid to those in need especially within the communities we serve. Wawa has always had a strong commitment to providing crisis response and assisting those in need, and we’ve been partnering with the American Red Cross in these kinds of efforts for decades” said Chris Gheysens, Wawa’s CEO.

In addition to customer donations, The Wawa Foundation will be making its own $250,000 donation to the campaign.

About Wawa, Inc.
Wawa, Inc., a privately held company, began in 1803 as an iron foundry in New Jersey. Toward the end of the 19th Century, owner George Wood took an interest in dairy farming and the family began a small processing plant in
Wawa, PA in 1902. The milk business was a huge success, due to its quality, cleanliness and “certified” process. As home delivery of milk declined in the early 1960s, Grahame Wood, George’s grandson, opened the first Wawa Food
Market in 1964 as an outlet for dairy products. Today, Wawa is your all day, every day stop for fresh, built-to-order foods, beverages, coffee, fuel services, and surcharge-free ATMs. In 2015, Wawa was named “America’s Most
Beloved Convenience Store” by a Market Force study of 7,000 consumers, and in 2016 and 2017 Wawa was recognized in Forbes as one of America’s Best Large Employers, a survey-based ranking of employers offering the best associate experiences and strongest opportunities. A chain of more than 760 convenience retail stores (550 offering gasoline), Wawa stores are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida.

About The Wawa Foundation
The Wawa Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Wawa, Inc. to support the company’s charitable giving and philanthropic activities, and ultimately to help build stronger communities. The Wawa Foundation focuses its support on organizations committed to health, hunger and everyday heroes through local, state and national grants and / or in-store fundraising, such as, donation boxes and point-of-purchase scan materials.

SOURCE:  Wawa, Inc.

CONTACT: public.relations@wawa.com

7‑Eleven® commits to $150,000 donation and 4,800 cases of water for Hurricane Irma disaster relief efforts

Retailer’s customers may also make in-store donations to American Red Cross

IRVING, Texas, 2017-Sep-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — As Hurricane Irma approaches the southeastern U.S., 7‑Eleven® is pledging a $150,000 donation to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Irma disaster relief efforts.

With over 800 stores in Florida, 7‑Eleven is also giving back to the community it serves by donating 4,800 cases of 7-Select® purified water for free distribution at three Florida locations tomorrow, September 9, at 8 a.m. ET. The locations are Orlando at 8320 Narcoosee Road, Port Orange at 1632 Taylor Road and Oldsmar at 3855 Tampa Road.

In addition, 7‑Eleven is encouraging customers to support the American Red Cross Hurricane Irma relief efforts. Customers can add $1.00 to their in-store purchase at participating 7‑Eleven® stores nationwide or donate online at https://www.7‑Eleven.com/hurricane-relief.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been or who may soon be affected by Hurricane Irma, including our 7‑Eleven employees and customers,” said Chris Tanco, Chief Operating Officer.  “We encourage all who can to support them by donating money or volunteering time to relief efforts.”

“Financial support from 7‑Eleven helps us deliver disaster relief services and provide food, shelter, emotional support and other essential assistance,” said Don Herring, American Red Cross chief development officer. “These funds are essential to our ability to assist disaster survivors and support the first responders and volunteers who work tirelessly at the scene of a disaster.”

7‑Eleven provided similar support in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which devastated parts of Texas and Louisiana last week, donating $150,000 to the American Red Cross, water, food and supplies to shelters and over 1200 care packages to employees impacted by the storm. People interested in supporting those affected by these storms may visit https://www.7‑Eleven.com/hurricane-relief  to donate to the American Red Cross or learn more about 7‑Eleven’s relief efforts.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven® operates, franchises and/or licenses more than 63,000 stores in 18 countries, including 10,900 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7‑Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7‑Eleven offers customers industry-leading private-brand products under the 7-Select® brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7‑Eleven for bill payments, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer-loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Contact:

7‑Eleven, Inc.
Corporate Communications
media@7-11.com

SOURCE: 7‑Eleven Inc.

McDonald’s supports Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts with $1 million donation to the American Red Cross

Company Also Announces Employee Match Program

OAK BROOK, IL, 2017-Aug-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD) announces that it will donate $1 million to the American Red Cross in support of the relief and recovery efforts for families impacted by Hurricane Harvey. In addition, the company announced a $250,000 employee matching program.

“In the aftermath of this tragic storm, we are seeing the inherent kindness and character of Americans as we pull together to help all of those affected by the devastation,” said McDonald’s U.S. President Chris Kempczinski. “We stand ready to help those in need as they recover and rebuild.”

“As local business people, we have seen firsthand how Hurricane Harvey has affected our customers, employees, and neighbors,” said Matthew Kades, President of the McDonald’s Owner/Operators Association of Greater Houston. “We continue to pray for the safety of each and every family affected by this terrible storm. We are confident Houston will recover from the incredible damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, and we hope this donation will help us get there a little quicker.”

On the ground, local McDonald’s restaurants have been assisting with relief efforts by donating thousands of water bottles to the local Red Cross and open McDonald’s restaurants in the Houston area are providing free meals to first responders.

While approximately 130 McDonald’s restaurants remain closed at this time, locations continue to open as conditions allow.

“Our first priority is the safety and well-being of our employees and customers, and local teams are working to re-open restaurants as soon as possible to serve their communities,” Kempczinski added.

About McDonald’s
McDonald’s is the world’s leading global foodservice retailer with over 37,000 locations in over 100 countries. Approximately 85 percent of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local business men and women.

Source: McDonald’s

Ross Stores supports Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts with $400,000 donation to the American Red Cross

DUBLIN, Calif., 2017-Aug-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ross Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROST) today (Aug. 30, 2017) announced a $400,000 donation to the American Red Cross to assist with disaster relief efforts in Texas and Louisiana for the thousands of people impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  The Company is also raising additional funds by accepting customer donations to the American Red Cross from August 31st through September 16th at the store registers of its 1,384 Ross Dress for Less® and 205 dd’s DISCOUNTS® locations. Individuals can also choose to make secure online donations to the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org.

The destruction from this storm has been widespread with unprecedented and catastrophic flooding.  The Red Cross is responding to emergency needs in the affected areas by providing meals and shelter for victims.

Barbara Rentler, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Ross Stores is committed to helping those in need, especially in the local communities where we operate our stores. We offer our heartfelt sympathies and thoughts to everyone who has been impacted by this devastating storm.”

About Ross Stores:

Ross Stores, Inc. is an S&P 500, Fortune 500, and Nasdaq 100 (ROST) company headquartered in Dublin, California, with fiscal 2016 revenues of $12.9 billion.  The Company operates Ross Dress for Less® (“Ross”), the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States with 1,384 locations in 37 states, the District of Columbia and Guam as of July 29, 2017. Ross offers first-quality, in-season, name brand and designer apparel, accessories, footwear, and home fashions for the entire family at savings of 20% to 60% off department and specialty store regular prices every day. The Company also operates 205 dd’s DISCOUNTS® in 16 states as of July 29, 2017 that feature a more moderately-priced assortment of first-quality, in-season, name brand apparel, accessories, footwear, and home fashions for the entire family at savings of 20% to 70% off moderate department and discount store regular prices every day. Additional information is available at www.rossstores.com.

Contact:
Michael Hartshorn
Group Senior Vice President
Chief Financial Officer
(925) 965-4503

Connie Kao
Vice President
Investor & Media Relations
(925) 965-4668
connie.kao@ros.com

SOURCE: Ross Stores, Inc.

Walgreens donates $200,000 and kicks off customer donation program to American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

  • Company donates food and medical items to emergency shelter in Houston
  • Walgreens generator provides emergency power to City of Victoria
  • Company donates $200,000 to American Red Cross, while nationwide customer donation program begins Tuesday

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2017-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens is supporting relief efforts in Southeast Texas through a number of initiatives in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Walgreens is donating food items, first aid and medical equipment including blood pressure cuffs, glucometer strips, catheters and transport wheelchairs to the American Red Cross emergency shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Walgreens is working with United Airlines to transport the first aid and medical items from Chicago to Houston on a flight with relief supplies.

In preparation for Hurricane Harvey, Walgreens staged portable generators throughout southeast Texas and deployed them to a number of stores. Walgreens provided one of those generators to the City of Victoria, Texas to support its city facilities.

“Our hearts go out to the people in Southeast Texas who are going through tremendous personal losses from Hurricane Harvey and the flooding that has followed,” said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of Pharmacy and Retail Operations. “We stand ready to continue to support our customers and employees who live in the region.”

Walgreens has committed to a $200,000 donation to the American Red Cross relief efforts, and customers also can donate to the American Red Cross at approximately 8,000 Walgreens and Duane Reade locations in the U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. Customers can make donations for relief efforts at store checkouts beginning today.

More than 300 out of approximately 500 Walgreens stores in southeast Texas and Louisiana are now open. Local Walgreens field leaders and store teams are working to reopen the other stores and restore pharmacy services as soon as possible.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 10 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,175 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its omnichannel business, Walgreens.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

Contact(s):
Phil Caruso
847-315-2962
philip.caruso@walgreens.com
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens

Source: Walgreens

Dollar General donates $50,000 to American Red Cross to support Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar General (NYSE: DG) is supporting the American Red Cross with a $50,000 corporate donation to support the relief and recovery efforts in Texas and Louisiana following devastating floods from Hurricane Harvey.

Now through September 9, 2017, Dollar General stores are also collecting donations to benefit American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief in more than 14,000 locations across the 44 states it serves, and online customers may find a donation link to support the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Harvey relief efforts at www.dollargeneral.com.

“Through our deep commitment to our mission of Serving Others and helping the communities we call home, Dollar General is working to help provide the needed resources to provide aid to those affected in Texas and Louisiana,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “We know these donations and resources will be put to work by the American Red Cross to support individuals and families recovering from these devastating floods.”

For nearly two decades, Dollar General has partnered with the American Red Cross through corporate and in-store collections to better support the organization’s recovery efforts and serve communities in their time of need.

“The Red Cross is grateful for Dollar General’s contribution, which allows our organization to provide much-needed help to communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey to support people as they deal with the impact of this disaster and in the weeks following as they work to rebuild their lives,” said Elizabeth Penniman, vice president, Communications at the American Red Cross.

For additional information, photographs or items to supplement a story, please visit the DG Newsroom, contact the Media Relations Department at 1-877-944-DGPR (3477) or via email at dgpr@dg.com.

About Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, clothing for the family, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 14,000 stores in 44 states as of August 19, 2017. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted brands such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com.

Contact(s):
Dollar General Corporation
Crystal Ghassemi
877-944-DGPR (3477)
dgpr@dg.com

Source: Dollar General Corporation

NACS partners with American Red Cross to advance community giving and disaster relief programs for NACS member companies

​ALEXANDRIA, Va., and WASHINGTON, DC, 2017-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The American Red Cross and NACS, the association representing the nation’s 154,000-plus convenience stores, announced that they have developed a partnership to advance community giving and disaster relief programs for NACS member companies. NACS is the first retail-focused association to partner with the American Red Cross on such a program.

The groups are currently focusing on developing resources to facilitate donation collection by convenience store companies nationwide, as well as encourage volunteer assistance programs for Red Cross volunteers around specific local or national events.

Convenience stores contribute nearly $1 billion a year to charitable organizations. Four in five convenience store companies (80%) say they’ve made donations when there was a specific emergency or crisis in the community, according to a 2016 NACS member survey.

The announcement of the partnership is aligned with the Atlantic hurricane season, which began June 1. The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters each year, most of which are home fires, and deploys volunteer disaster relief workers to support their efforts. Donations are crucial to the success of their missions and NACS will be working closely with its members to help them achieve their goals.

“NACS and the American Red Cross are closely aligned in how they make a meaningful difference in communities. Convenience stores are in every community in the country and they often are the only retailer open in times of episodic events. This agreement, developed with our NACS Foundation, will help advance the existing programs in which convenience stores provide immediate access to donations as well as food, fuel and beverages for volunteers,” said NACS President and CEO Henry O. Armour.

“We’re extremely excited to partner with NACS and its members as they work with us to provide help and hope to people impacted by disasters,” said Don Herring, chief development officer at the American Red Cross. “Donations through their network of convenience stores and customers will allow the Red Cross to deploy volunteers, respond immediately with food and shelter during a disaster, as well as support disaster survivors through the recovery process.”

NACS and the American Red Cross will develop and disseminate tools and resources for retailers at convenience.org/redcross.

NACS advances the role of convenience stores as positive economic, social and philanthropic contributors to the communities they serve. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores nationwide selling fuel, food and merchandise, serves 160 million customers daily—half of the U.S. population—and has sales that are 10.8% of total U.S. retail and foodservice sales. NACS has 2,100 retailer and 1,750 supplier members from more than 50 countries.

Source: NACS

IKEA U.S. focuses on disadvantaged homeless at this year’s product donation program to the American Red Cross

Conshohocken, PA, 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Now in its third year, IKEA U.S. continues its product donation program to the American Red Cross running May 15th – 31st. This year, IKEA is focusing on the vulnerable and disadvantaged homeless in its 45 local markets through its donation of 4,500 ‘Care Kits for the Homeless.’ These kits consist of backpacks packed with necessity items such as a poncho, washcloths, towels, water and food. Each designated location will receive 100 ‘Care Kits for the Homeless’; backpacks, packed by IKEA co-workers to be distributed nationally.

“IKEA wants to help create a better life for the many people and communities touched by our business,” said Evamay Lawson, Head of IKEA US Community Affairs. “Through our partnership with the American Red Cross, we are hoping to extend a hand of help to the homeless families and individuals in our local communities without access to basic necessities.”

Last year, IKEA worked with the Red Cross and donated over 4,000 care packages for the Disaster Responder Program. These comfort care packages consisted of everyday home items, such as: sheets, pillows, towels and toys to help families get back on their feet.

“We are grateful for the IKEA partnership and their focus on helping homeless and vulnerable populations,” said Barb Larkin, American Red Cross Senior Director of Corporate Relationships. ”These kits will provide comfort to thousands of people – including support for the homeless veteran standowns that the Red Cross supports across the country and vulnerable people who have experienced emergencies.”

The Red Cross depends on the generous support of the American public to fulfil its crucial mission. By making a charitable donation to the Red Cross, you are there for millions of people who face emergencies every year and help as they rebuild their lives. Visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make a donation.

About IKEA:
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 392 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 43 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Contact:
Mona Astra Liss
IKEA US Corporate Public Relations Director
Mona.Liss@IKEA.com
(610) 834.0180/ext. 5852

American Red Cross:
Anthony Tornetta
Communications Director
Anthony.Tornetta@redcross.org @atornetta
(267) 246.4375

Source: IKEA

Fresh Grocer supermarkets owned by Burns family raised $8,500 for the American Red Cross

PHILADELPHIA, PA, 2017-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Seven local Fresh Grocer supermarkets, owned and operated by the Burns family, raised $8,500 for the American Red Cross during their fifth annual fundraiser held in March in honor of National Red Cross Month.  The month-long fundraiser was supported by both corporate and customer donations.  All proceeds will help the Red Cross deliver on its mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support of The Fresh Grocer and the Burns family. Whether we’re helping a community prepare for, respond to, or recover from a disaster, we know we can count on The Fresh Grocer,” says Judge Renée Cardwell Hughes (Ret.), CEO of the American Red Cross of Eastern Pennsylvania. “The Fresh Grocer and its customers are absolutely amazing and inspire us all. Their generosity allows us to build stronger and more resilient communities. We truly appreciate their leadership, partnership and friendship.”Throughout the fundraiser, the Burns family’s seven Fresh Grocer Supermarkets located throughout Philadelphia and Upper Darby, PA and Wilmington, DE invited customers to “be an everyday hero” by supporting the Red Cross with a small monetary contribution of $1, $3 or $5 at checkout.  Signs were posted throughout the stores; employees proudly wore campaign buttons; weekly circulars promoted the fundraiser, and social media sites promoted store-level campaign activities.

“We have the best customers,” said Patrick J. Burns, president and CEO of Burns’ Family Neighborhood Markets. “Our Red Cross Month fundraiser continues to be a success year after year because of the overwhelming generosity of our Fresh Grocer customers and their commitment to supporting those who help our neighbors in need.”

In total, the Burns’ Fresh Grocer supermarkets have raised $47,000 for the Red Cross since the launch of their store-level campaign five years ago.

CAPTION:  Front end associate Josh Raphael rings up a customer donation at the Burns family’s Fresh Grocer in Upper Darby, PA.

About Burns’ Family Neighborhood Markets:  

A member of the Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative, Patrick J. Burns currently operates seven Fresh Grocer supermarkets and two ShopRite supermarkets, located throughout the Greater Philadelphia area.  Under Patrick’s leadership, Burns’ Family Neighborhood Markets specializes in providing high-quality perishables in urban and suburban environments and are committed to understanding the needs, tastes and traditions of the communities in which their stores are located, and make it a priority to offer an assortment of products and services to meet those various needs. Burns’ Family Neighborhood Markets are also committed to improving food access and to promoting the health and wellness of its customers, associates and communities.

Contact:
Karen O’Shea
Communications Specialist
Email: karen.oshea@wakefern.com
Phone: 732-906-5932
Fax: 732-906-5160

Maureen Gillespie
Manager
Email: maureen.gillespie@wakefern.com
Phone: 732-906-5295

Source: Fresh Grocer supermarkets

Harris Teeter to present $183,873 check to The American Red Cross for its Hurricane Matthew disaster relief efforts

Matthews, N.C., 2016-Nov-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Company to Present Check to Aid Disaster Relief

Date: Friday, Nov. 11, 2016

Time: 9 a.m.

Location:  Ballantyne Commons Harris Teeter
15007 John J. Delaney Dr.
Charlotte, NC28277

Live shots & interviews are welcomed!

Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, Harris Teeter will present The American Red Cross with a check for $183,873 to assist disaster relief efforts throughout our local communities affected by Hurricane Matthew, which made land-fall in early October.

This donation is made possible by the success of Harris Teeter’s Emergency Support Campaign which the company hosted to benefit its neighbors who were displaced or affected by the storm. The campaign launched Oct. 13, 2016 and ran through Oct. 28, 2016. During this time, Harris Teeter invited its shoppers and associates at all locations to donate $1, $3 or $5 at checkout.

One-hundred percent of proceeds from the in-store campaign will be given to American Red Cross and will be allocated specifically to efforts directly related to Hurricane Matthew domestic relief.

“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of our loyal shoppers and valued associates. Without them, this donation would not be possible,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter.  “In addition to the funds collected in our stores, Harris Teeter donated 17 truckloads of bottled water, seven truckloads of ice and nearly $30,000 in food donations to community members throughout North & South Carolina immediately following the storm.”

The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need and responds to disasters ranging from home fires that affect a single family to hurricanes that affect tens of thousands, to earthquakes that impact millions.

Source: Harris Teeter

Price Chopper/Market 32 stores supported the American Red Cross through the “Give What Fire Takes” campaign

SCHENECTADY, NY, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — During the month of September, customers at Price Chopper/Market 32 stores were once again invited to support the American Red Cross through the “Give What Fire Takes” campaign. NewsChannel 13 joined the effort as a media partner to help raise awareness of local home fire relief and preparedness efforts. On Wednesday, October 26, Price Chopper/Market 32 presented a check for $36,249 to the Red Cross, representing $31,249 raised by their teammates and customers and a $5,000 match from Price Chopper/Market 32.

“Price Chopper is proud of our longstanding partnership with WNYT NewsChannel 13 and the Red Cross to raise awareness and funds that help victims of disasters regionally, nationally and internationally,” said Mona Golub, Price Chopper/Market 32’s vice president of public relations and consumer services. “Unlike our emergency response efforts to known disasters, this campaign aims to raise awareness about fire prevention and equip the Red Cross with funds in anticipation of the more than 400 annual fires that devastate the lives of friends and neighbors right here in this region. The ‘Give What Fire Takes’ campaign provides an accessible and reliable way for our teammates and customers to help victims of disaster right here at home.”

“We at WNYT NewsChannel 13 were proud to partner with Price Chopper and the American Red Cross on the ‘Give What Fire Takes’ campaign in September,” said Vice President & General Manager Steve Baboulis. “We truly appreciate what the Red Cross does to support not only the families who have been victimized by a blaze, but to promote fire safety education as well. And of course, we are always happy to partner with our good friends at Price Chopper on community service efforts like this one.”

All funds raised through the “Give What Fire Takes” campaign enable the Red Cross to provide critical services to people impacted by home fires, along with lifesaving tools and information to support home fire prevention efforts. Wednesday’s check presentation was held at the Schenectady Fire Department, where the Red Cross and its partners will kick off a city-wide event on Saturday, November 12 to educate local residents about fire safety and install free smoke alarms for families in need.

“The support we receive from Price Chopper, Market 32, NewsChannel 13, and all those who answer the call to ‘Give What Fire Takes’ is critically important,” said Gary Striar, chief executive officer for the American Red Cross Eastern New York Region. “We’re grateful for this gift because it ensures not only that we can provide relief to hundreds of local fire victims this year, but also that we can help people prepare with lifesaving tools and resources, which we’ll be providing right here in Schenectady on November 12.”

For more information about home fire relief and prevention efforts in the Eastern New York Region, including the November 12 event in Schenectady, please visit www.redcross.org/eny/homefires.

About The Golub Corporation:

Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 135 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 22,000 teammates collectively own more than 47% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit www.pricechopper.com

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org.

Contact:

Kimmy Venter
Director of Communications American Red Cross Eastern New York Region
Phone: (518) 410-0481
kimmy.venter@redcross.org

Source: Price Chopper

Kohl’s to support American Red Cross’ hurricane relief efforts with $100,000 cash donation

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., 2016-Oct-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) announced a $100,000 cash donation toward hurricane relief efforts along the East Coast. Kohl’s is providing this donation to the American Red Cross, which is delivering vital emergency supplies and services in the impacted areas.

In addition to a financial contribution, Kohl’s is encouraging its associates to volunteer in support of relief efforts through Kohl’s volunteer program. In recognition of volunteer hours, Kohl’s will donate additional corporate grants to the nonprofit organizations being supported by Kohl’s volunteer efforts. The company is also providing support to Kohl’s associates who have been significantly impacted by the storm.

“The hurricane has had a devastating impact on many of our associates and customers and we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to those families affected by the destructive storm. Kohl’s has a history of supporting communities, and we hope our cash donation to the American Red Cross will help families in this time of need,” said Jen Johnson, Kohl’s vice president of corporate communications. ”We are also extremely proud of our associate volunteers who will lend a helping hand by donating their time to the impacted communities.”

Kohl’s volunteers assist a variety of nonprofit organization year-round. Through Kohl’s volunteer program, more than 1 million associates have donated nearly 4 million hours of their time since 2001, and Kohl’s has donated more than $112 million to the nonprofit organizations served. This program is part of Kohl’s overall philanthropic platform, Kohl’s Cares®, which is committed to supporting children’s health initiatives nationwide.

To inquire about coordinating a Kohl’s Volunteer Program event, contact your local Kohl’s store and ask to speak with the store manager about the event. Find your nearest Kohl’s by visiting Corporate.Kohls.com.

About Kohl’s

Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at Kohls.com and via mobile devices. Committed to its communities, Kohl’s has raised nearly $300 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit http://www.Kohls.com/Cares. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com.

Connect with Kohl’s:

Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Kohls)
Twitter (http://twitter.com/Kohls)
Google+ (http://plus.google.com/+Kohls)
Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/Kohls)
Instagram (http://instagram.com/Kohls)
YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/kohls)

Contacts:
Ale DesJean
Ale.DesJean@Kohls.com
262-703-2985

Lyra O’Brien
Lyra.OBrien@Kohls.com
262-703-5186

Source: Kohl’s

The Starbucks Foundation supports Hurricane Matthew relief efforts with $100,000 donation to American Red Cross and $25,000 to Team Rubicon

The Starbucks Foundation supports Hurricane Matthew relief efforts with $100,000 donation to American Red Cross and $25,000 to Team Rubicon
The Starbucks Foundation supports Hurricane Matthew relief efforts with $100,000 donation to American Red Cross and $25,000 to Team Rubicon

 

Seattle, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Starbucks Foundation will contribute $100,000 to the American Red Cross to aid Hurricane Matthew relief efforts in the U.S. and Caribbean. The Foundation will donate an additional $25,000 to Team Rubicon to support a team of volunteers providing direct relief to Haitians impacted by the storm.

Customers who wish to aid in the recovery may do so in any U.S. company-operated store through a donation to the American Red Cross at the point of sale beginning October 8. Starbucks partners (employees) who make a personal contribution to the relief efforts can request matching funds through the company’s Partner Match program.

Media contact:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

Source: Starbucks

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The Starbucks Foundation donates $100,000 to the American Red Cross to support flood relief efforts in southern Louisiana

The Starbucks Foundation donates $100,000 to the American Red Cross to support flood relief efforts in southern Louisiana
The Starbucks Foundation donates $100,000 to the American Red Cross to support flood relief efforts in southern Louisiana

 

Seattle, 2016-Aug-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Starbucks Foundation will donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross to aid the relief efforts in response to the devastating rain and flooding in southern Louisiana. In addition, the company has made an in-kind donation of packaged food, which American Red Cross staffers and volunteers will distribute to impacted residents and first responders.

“We continue to keep those impacted by the flooding in our thoughts and prayers,” said Derrick Pratt, Starbucks regional vice president. “We will support disaster relief efforts and help the people in the region during this difficult time.”

Customers and partners (employees) who wish to aid in the recovery may text “LAFLOODS” to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief or visit the American Red Cross website.

Media contact:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

Source: Starbucks

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Kohl’s announces $100,000 cash donation to the American Red Cross to support flood victims in Louisiana

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis, 2016-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) announced a $100,000 cash donation toward flood relief efforts in Louisiana. Kohl’s is providing this donation to the American Red Cross, which is delivering much needed emergency supplies and services in the impacted areas.

In addition to a financial contribution, Kohl’s encourages its associates to volunteer in support of cleanup efforts through its Associates in Action volunteer program. In recognition of volunteer hours, Kohl’s will donate additional corporate grants to the nonprofit organizations being supported by Kohl’s associates.

“We would like to express our deepest sympathies to those families, including many of our Associates, who are impacted by the devastating flooding in Louisiana. Our dedicated Kohl’s Associates in Action volunteers are offering assistance and are committed to helping the area recover,” said Jen Johnson, Kohl’s vice president of corporate communications. “Our business is rooted in these communities which is why we partner with the American Red Cross to provide critical support when it is needed most.”

Kohl’s Associates in Action volunteers help a range of youth-serving nonprofit organizations year-round. Through the Associates in Action volunteer program, more than 1 million associates have donated more than 3.7 million hours of their time since 2001, and Kohl’s has donated more than $112 million to the nonprofit organizations served. This program is part of Kohl’s overall philanthropic platform, Kohl’s Cares®, which is committed to supporting children’s health initiatives nationwide.

To inquire about coordinating a Kohl’s Associates in Action volunteer event, contact your local Kohl’s store and ask to speak with the store manager about Associates in Action. Find your nearest Kohl’s by visiting www.KohlsCorporation.com.

About Kohl’s
Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at Kohls.com and via mobile devices. Committed to its communities, Kohl’s has raised nearly $300 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit http://www.Kohls.com/Cares. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com.

Connect with Kohl’s:
Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Kohls)
Twitter (http://twitter.com/Kohls)
Google+ (http://plus.google.com/+Kohls)
Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/Kohls)
Instagram (http://instagram.com/Kohls)
YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/kohls)

Contacts:

Ale DesJean
Ale.DesJean@Kohls.com
262-703-2985

Lyra O’Brien
Lyra.Obrien@Kohls.com
262-703-5186

Source: Kohl’s

Southeastern Grocers to work with American Red Cross to support Louisiana flood victims

JACKSONVILLE, Fl, 2016-Aug-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — As communities across Louisiana and Mississippi struggle through historic flooding, Southeastern Grocers would like to extend heartfelt sympathy to those fighting during this flood, working in recovery and to those who have lost loved ones.

Southeastern Grocers’ 4,400 Winn-Dixie associates in Louisiana are working hard to keep as many stores in the region open as possible to serve customers. Beginning Wednesday, August 17th, and lasting through August 23rd, all Winn-Dixie, BI-LO and Harveys customers will be able to contribute to the flood relief efforts in stores throughout the entire footprint in the Southeast. With every dollar donated by customers, Southeastern Grocers will match this through the Southeastern Grocers Foundation.

Ian McLeod, President and CEO of Southeastern Grocers said, “Winn-Dixie has been a part of the Louisiana community for 60 years. During that time, the strength and resilience of the community has been tried time and time again, and we are proud to have the people of Louisiana as our customers, our associates, and our neighbors, as their bravery and perseverance has been an inspiration as we begin our recovery efforts.”

“We are encouraging all our customers across the Southeast to rise up and support the great states and communities of Louisiana and Mississippi. We will continue to work tirelessly on the ground and with the American Red Cross to direct all available resources to help the people affected by the flooding.”

Anna Trefethen, Vice-President for the Southeast and Caribbean Division of the American Red Cross said, “Southeastern Grocers plays an integral role in helping communities when disaster strikes across the Southeast. We are extremely grateful for the support of their stores, employees and customers here in Louisiana and across the Southeast. Our response to this disaster is only made possible when partners like Southeastern Grocers step forward and respond.”

Winn-Dixie operates 47 stores in the state of Louisiana. As of Tuesday, August 16th, all stores are open for business, with the exception of three that took significant impact from the flooding. Every effort is being made to quickly and safely re-open the following stores: • Winn-Dixie Store 1490 – 2004 North Parkerson Avenue, Crowley, LA 70526 • Winn-Dixie Store 1591 – 28145 Walker South Road, Walker, LA 70785 • Winn-Dixie Store 1467 – 13555 Old Hammond Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 79816

Updates on stores can be found via social media and the Winn-Dixie Facebook and Twitter pages.

Customers may also go online to donate at the follow web addresses:
http://www.redcross.org/harveys-pub
http://www.redcross.org/winndixie-pub
http://www.redcross.org/bilo-pub

All customer contributions go directly to the American Red Cross’ Disaster Relief and are used to provide food, shelter, counseling and other assistance to victims of the flooding.

About Southeastern Grocers
Southeastern Grocers, LLC, parent company and home of BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is the second-largest supermarket in the Southeast based on store count. The company employs nearly 60,000 associates who serve customers in approximately 750 grocery stores, 140 liquor stores and 500 in-store pharmacies throughout the seven southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie are well-known and well-respected regional brands with deep heritages, strong neighborhood ties, proud histories of giving back, talented and loyal associates, and strong commitments to providing the best possible quality and value to customers. For more information, visit www.bi-lo.com, www.harveyssupermarkets.com and www.winndixie.com.

Contact:

Joe Caldwell Manager
Corporate Communications
904-318-7197
media@segrocers.com

Source: Southeastern Grocer

The Rite Aid Foundation announces $50,000 donation to American Red Cross Louisiana Capital Area to help flood victims

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2016-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Rite Aid Foundation announced today a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross Louisiana Capital Area to help the victims, families and communities across the greater Baton Rouge area that were affected by the historic rainfall and flooding over the weekend.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this weekend’s devastating rainfall and the flooding that followed,” said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid CEO of stores, president of Rite Aid Corporation and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “As cleanup begins and rebuilding gets underway, we hope that our donation to the American Red Cross helps make it just a little easier for those who have been impacted the most.”

Rite Aid operates 61 stores in Louisiana, including 11 in the greater Baton Rouge area. The Company employs nearly 1,000 associates across the state.

Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded nearly $27 million to non-profit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $75 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Media Contact:

Ashley Flower
717-975-5718

Source: RiteAid

Rite Aid Foundation to help victims affected by West Virginia flooding with $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2016-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Rite Aid Foundation announced today a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross West Virginia Region to help the victims, families and communities affected by this week’s historic flooding.

“One of Rite Aid’s core values is to be a caring neighbor in the communities we serve and that’s especially true in times of need,” said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid CEO of stores, president of Rite Aid Corporation and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “The need in West Virginia, where Rite Aid has had a presence for many years, is great and we are proud to partner with the American Red Cross as they work tirelessly to provide relief and support to so many in their hour of need.”

Rite Aid operates 104 stores and one distribution center in West Virginia. The Company employs nearly 1,900 associates across the state.

Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $25 million to non-profit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $75 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Contact:

Media: Ashley Flower
717-975-5718

Source: Rite Aid

Dollar General donates $25,000 and collects donations to support American Red Cross in its flood relief efforts

Goodlettsville, Tennessee, 2016-Mar-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar General today donated $25,000 to the American Red Cross to provide aid to individuals and communities impacted by recent floods. Additionally, all Dollar General stores across the 43 states it serves have immediately begun collecting donations to further support ongoing relief efforts by the American Red Cross.

“Dollar General is deeply committed to our mission of Serving Others and helping the communities we call home in their time of need,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “Through our partnership with the American Red Cross, we are working to provide resources to aid those affected by the floods, as well as support recovery efforts.”

Over the past five years, Dollar General has donated more than $2.2 million to support the American Red Cross through corporate donations and in-store collections to better support recovery efforts and serve communities across the country.

“Even as the waters recede, these floods continue to have an impact on the lives of people across the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and in the surrounding areas,” said Don Herring, Chief Development Officer for the Red Cross. “In the midst of our response, I wanted to take a moment to thank Dollar General for their generous support of the American Red Cross. Because of longstanding partners like  Dollar General, we’re able to be there in the aftermath of these floods as well as continue our support of those facing countless other disasters across the country.”

Customers interested in making a donation to the American Red Cross may do so at their time of purchase at Dollar General stores through March 25, 2016.

For additional information, photographs or items to supplement a story, please visit the DG Newsroom or contact the Media Relations Department at 1-877-944-DGPR (3477) or via email at dgpr@dg.com.

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years through its mission of Serving Others. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operates 12,483 stores in 43 states as of January 29, 2016. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo. For more information on Dollar General, please visit www.dollargeneral.com.

Carolina Flooding: McDonald’s Corporation will donate $75,000 to the American Red Cross for disaster relief efforts

OAK BROOK, Ill., 2015-11-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — McDonald’s Corporation today announced it will donate $75,000 to the American Red Cross for disaster relief efforts related to recent flooding in the Carolinas. The Red Cross estimates it will spend between $5 million and $8.3 million to respond to the historic flooding in the Carolinas.

In addition to the corporate donation, McDonald’s franchisees in the affected areas have provided funds to the Red Cross, as well as food and beverage donations.

For example, in Columbia, S.C., franchisees provided McDonald’s food to displaced residents in three shelters as well as free food and Arch cards to local police, firefighters and other first responders. In Charleston, S.C., franchisees donated $10,000 to the Red Cross and have provided free food and McCafé coffee to first responders.

“Our employees, our neighbors, and our customers are all family, and we support them in every way we can,” said George Sensor, McDonald’s franchisee in Columbia. “We were happy to provide meals and assistance for those affected by the devastating floods. We are so grateful for the first responders and caring volunteers who came together to support our community. Our prayers go out to those impacted.”

About McDonald’s
McDonald’s is the world’s leading global foodservice retailer with over 36,000 locations serving nearly 69 million customers in over 100 countries each day. More than 80% of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local business men and women.

For More Information
Jeff Mochal, McDonald’s
jeff.mochal@us.mcd.com
630-623-3530

The Starbucks Foundation donates $50,000 to American Red Cross to aid in South Carolina flooding relief efforts

SEATTLE, 2015-10-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — In response to the devastation caused by historic flooding in South Carolina, The Starbucks Foundation will donate $50,000 to the American Red Cross to aid in relief efforts.

“Our thoughts and prayers remain with the individuals and families in South Carolina affected by this tragedy,” said Sharon Powell, Starbucks regional vice president. “We stand ready to support the people in the region during this difficult period.”

Starbucks is also working with the local FEMA chapter to provide information to those who need help as a result of the flood. Posters with details about applying for disaster assistance will appear in Starbucks stores in South Carolina and surrounding areas.

Customers and partners who wish to aid in the recovery may text “REDCROSS” to 90999* to donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief or visit the American Red Cross website.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

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The Starbucks Foundation donates $50,000 to American Red Cross to aid in South Carolina flooding relief efforts

Photo credit: FEMA/Bill Koplitz

The Rite Aid Foundation donates $25,000 to the Palmetto South Carolina Region chapter of the American Red Cross to help flood victims

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid today announced that The Rite Aid Foundation is making a $25,000 donation to the Palmetto South Carolina Region chapter of the American Red Cross to help the victims, families and communities affected by last week’s severe flooding.

“Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the historic floods,” said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid CEO of stores, president of Rite Aid Corporation and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “It is one of Rite Aid’s core values to be a caring neighbor in the communities we serve and we are proud to partner with the American Red Cross as relief efforts continue and rebuilding begins in South Carolina.”

Rite Aid operates 20 stores in greater Columbia area and an additional 71 stores across South Carolina. The Company employs approximately 1,300 associates across the state.

“The American Red Cross Palmetto South Carolina Region is so grateful for the generous donation from The Rite Aid Foundation as we work to provide emergency needs, quickly and efficiently, to the people who are in need,” said Louise Welch, American Red Cross Palmetto South Carolina Region executive director. “The support of partners like Rite Aid is truly making a difference in communities across South Carolina.”

Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded nearly $21 million to non-profit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $75 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

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Contact:

Media: Kristin Kellum 717-975-5713

SOURCE: Rite Aid Corp.

Starbucks joins the White House to support American Red Cross efforts to aid refugees and migrants

SEATTLE, 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — With millions of refugees fleeing conflicts in Syria and other areas and seeking safety across Central and Western Europe, Starbucks is compelled to use the scale of its digital platforms to raise funds for crisis relief organizations.

Today, Starbucks is joining the White House and other companies to use our collective digital properties and social media presence to encourage customer support of American Red Cross efforts to aid refugees and migrants.

Noting that more than seven million people – roughly the population of New York City, where the Statue of Liberty stands today – have been displaced, and over half of the refugees are children, a White House blog post stated, “We have a moral responsibility to do what we can for families forced from their homes. We can join together to provide shelter, food and medical assistance to these people in need. It’s the American thing to do.”

Starbucks and the White House are encouraging donations to the Red Cross. A flyer will be posted on community boards in Starbucks stores informing customers of the effort, visible on social media through the hashtag #AidRefugees. In addition, Starbucks partners (employees) who contribute at least $20 to any 501(c)(3) organization in the U.S. may submit a matching gift request through the company’s community service website.

“Many of these migrants and refugees have risked everything in search of safety for their families. They have faced unimaginable hardships along the way, but continue their journeys with hope for the future. Their needs are great, but together we can provide crucial relief supplies and some level of comfort in their time of need,” said David Meltzer, general counsel and chief international officer of the American Red Cross.

The Starbucks Foundation has already made donations to: Save the Children, a non-profit organization focused on providing urgent relief and long-term aid to refugee children and their families; Aktion Deutschland Hilft, an alliance of respected aid organizations leading refugee support in Germany; and Caritas, a non-profit which is doing the same work across Austria and other European countries.

“As a company, we don’t sit on the sidelines during a humanitarian crisis. By creating awareness and supporting the Red Cross in providing food, shelter and medical care, we can make a difference to those affected by the refugee crisis,” said Vivek Varma, executive vice president Starbucks Public Affairs. “Together, we can be proud of what we can accomplish.”

Photos used with permission by the American Red Cross

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom.

 

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Starbucks joins the White House to support American Red Cross efforts to aid refugees and migrants

Starbucks joins the White House to support American Red Cross efforts to aid refugees and migrants

Harris Teeter launches in-store donation card campaign to support those affected by flooding throughout the Carolinas

Matthews, N.C., 2015-10-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Harris Teeter announced it will launch an in-store donation card campaign to support those affected by flooding throughout the Carolinas. Shoppers and associates in North and South Carolina will be offered the opportunity to donate $1, $3 or $5 at checkout to benefit the American Red Cross’ Disaster Relief Fund.

“We are heartbroken for the families and individuals affected by this devastating flood,” said Danna Robinson, Harris Teeter’s communication manager. “Harris Teeter was born in the Carolinas and our commitment to these states is extremely strong. When a natural disaster such as this occurs, it is hard to know how to help, which is why we are proud to offer our shoppers and valued associates the opportunity to assist their neighbors.”

Shoppers and associates can donate both in-store and through Harris Teeter’s online shopping tool, ExpressLane now through October 31, 2015.

In addition to the donation card campaign, Harris Teeter has donated a truckload of bottled water to victims in Columbia, S.C. and provided transportation of donated product to affected areas for various community collection efforts. The company is also working through its own charitable foundation, Hugh Ashcraft Foundation, to assist Harris Teeter associates who were displaced or affected by the flooding in Charleston, S.C. The Hugh Ashcraft Foundation provides financial support to Harris Teeter associates who experience financial hardships as a result of sudden and unforeseen circumstances.

Harris Teeter would like to thank WBTV, the company’s official media partner for this campaign.  WBTV has a long legacy of community service, it’s part of their mission to be On Your Side.

For questions about Harris Teeter’s giving programs, please click here.

Publix Super Markets collects money for American Red Cross disaster relief to assist areas in Carolinas affected by severe weather

LAKELAND, Fla., 2015-10-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today Publix Super Markets established a program to offer its customers and associates a way to directly assist those areas in the Carolinas affected by recent severe weather. Customers may donate any amount by adding it to their grocery totals when checking out at Publix registers. Collected money will be channeled through the American Red Cross for disaster relief. The program will continue for a few weeks, based on customer response.

In related efforts, the Bahamas was recently affected by Hurricane Joaquin. The Bahamas Red Cross Society fully activated their Emergency Operations Centre and is coordinating closely with the Government’s National Emergency Operations Centre (NEMO). The American Red Cross is monitoring these efforts, and the Red Cross Pan-American Disaster Relief Unit continues to provide support to the Bahamas Red Cross.

“Our customers and associates have trusted Publix to react quickly and help those affected by tragic circumstances,” said Maria Brous, director of media and community relations. “The catastrophic flooding has impacted our immediate operating area, and we are looking to provide assistance to our neighbors and to the communities we serve. In addition, Hurricane Joaquin left behind devastation to the Bahamas, which also hits close to home as we have many associates and their families from the islands. We continue to monitor the situation in the Bahamas with the American Red Cross and wait to hear if an appeal for assistance is requested.”

Publix is also coordinating truck load donations of water and shelf-stable food with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division as well as other nonprofit organizations.

In a separate donation, Publix Super Markets Charities is donating $100,000 to American Red Cross for relief efforts in the impacted areas.

SOURCE: Publix Asset Management Company

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Save Mart and Lucky stores to collect monetary donations for the American Red Cross fire relief efforts in Northern California

Company enhances relief efforts by offering shoppers the ability to donate money at checkout

Modesto, Calif., 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Save Mart announced today that its Save Mart and Lucky stores are collecting monetary donations for the American Red Cross fire relief efforts in Northern California. Shoppers can donate any amount they choose at checkout. The donation amount will be printed on the receipt so shoppers have a record of their tax deductible donation.

This recent effort to support the American Red Cross is in addition to coordinated donations of food and water throughout the weekend in Calaveras County, Napa, Sonoma and Ukiah. Save Mart is a committed partner in the communities we serve, donating nearly $5 million annually to local non-profit organizations.

Contact: Nannette Miranda, Public Affairs Manager
925.833.6136, Nannette.Miranda@SaveMart.com

For more information, please contact Nannette Miranda at 925.833.6136
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Based in the heart of the Central Valley, Save Mart Supermarkets is committed to sourcing a wide variety of local products ensuring that ‘fresh comes first’ for neighborhoods throughout California and Northern Nevada. The company employs over 16,000 team members and operates 212 traditional and price impact stores under the banners of Save Mart, Lucky, FoodMaxx, S-Mart Foods, and Maxx Value Foods. In addition to its retail operation, Save Mart owns and operates two distribution centers, Smart Refrigerated Transport, Yosemite Wholesale Warehouse, and is a voting partner in Super Store Industries (SSI)—which owns and operates a distribution center in Lathrop, Mid Valley Dairy in Fairfield, and Sunnyside Farms ice cream plant in Turlock. For more information on the company visit www.SaveMart.com.

SOURCE: Save Mart Supermarkets

The Starbucks Foundation donates $150,000 to the American Red Cross for immediate relief in Nepal

SEATTLE, 2015-4-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — We are deeply saddened by the devastation caused by the 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal, which has affected more than eight million people. Our thoughts remain with those impacted by this tragic event.

While Starbucks does not have a business presence in Nepal, we have a responsibility to do our part to help. To assist with relief and rebuilding efforts, The Starbucks Foundation will donate $150,000 to the American Red Cross for immediate relief and we will monitor the long-term rebuilding in the country. In addition, our business partner in India, The Tata Group, is working closely with the Indian government to support humanitarian relief efforts in Nepal.

Many partners (employees) have asked how they can help. Partners in the U.S. can visit the American Red Cross websiteto make a contribution online. Partners outside the U.S. can contribute by visiting their local Red Cross website. Partners in the U.S. or Canada who contribute at least $20 to any 501(c) (3) organization in the U.S. or Registered Charity in Canada can visit the Starbucks Community Service website to submit a matching gift request through our Partner Match program.

For more information on this news release, contact us.