Gap Inc. and Gap Foundation respond to devastations caused by recent natural disasters with increased donation to $2 million

San Francisco, CA, 2017-Sep-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — In response to the devastation caused recently by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and earthquakes in Mexico, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) and Gap Foundation have increased their total donation to $2 million to address immediate needs and ongoing recovery efforts. The donation includes cash grants from Gap Foundation to on-the-ground relief organizations, donations from Gap Inc. brands towards critical clothing needs, and employee-matched donations.

So far, nearly 100,000 units of clothing have already been delivered to Texas and Florida, with additional clothing donations planned in the coming months. So far, a total of $180,000 has been donated by Gap Inc. employees, which includes company-matched funds.

About Gap Inc.

Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, Intermix, and Weddington Way brands. Fiscal year 2016 net sales were $15.5 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through about 3,200 company-operated stores, about 450 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit

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PetSmart Charities announces initial commitment of $1 million to support pets and pet families affected by Hurricane Irma

Combined total of $3 million in funding support to animal welfare organizations and nonprofits working to help pets in need following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma; PetSmart allows U.S. shoppers to donate funds directly to hurricane recovery efforts

PHOENIX, AZ, 2017-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, today announced an initial commitment of $1 million in grants to support animal welfare organizations working on the front lines to help pets and pet families in need in the areas affected by Hurricane Irma. With this commitment, the organization has pledged a combined $3 million in funding for the rescue, relief and recovery efforts following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. 

To help its nonprofit partner champion these efforts, and in response to shoppers in its stores asking for ways to help, PetSmart®, the nation’s largest pet retailer, has set up a dedicated financial donation system at checkout in all of its U.S.-based stores where shoppers can easily donate directly to pets and people impacted by natural disasters in increments of $1, $2, $5 or $10. In addition to this fundraising effort, customers may give to PetSmart Charities every day, year-round through the PIN pads at checkout registers inside all PetSmart stores to support the organization’s mission to connect pets and people in need. PetSmart Charities contributes more than 92 cents of every dollar donated directly to pets and pet families who need it most.

PetSmart Charities remains in close contact with animal welfare organizations within the affected regions to closely assess their specific needs during this crisis. The nonprofit said it recognizes that recovery efforts will take time and, as a partner to local animal welfare groups, it is committed to providing the necessary assistance and support for months to come.

“Once a natural disaster strikes, our local animal welfare partners work hard to rescue homeless or displaced pets left behind. This is just the first of many stages of emergency relief,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., president of PetSmart Charities. “Once the initial rescue stage has been completed, there is still work to be done to help those pets recover, reunite them with their pet parents, and if not, help them find loving forever homes. Because we know the recovery can take time and we want to ensure that local organizations can adequately assess the needs of local pets and pet families in need, nonprofits may apply for emergency relief funding up to six months following a natural disaster.”

Support on the Ground:
As Hurricane Irma moves through the region, local animal welfare organizations in the Southeastern U.S. and Puerto Rico will continue working to deliver immediate assistance to pets and pet families in need. PetSmart Charities has provided nearly $250,000 in grants and supplies thus far. Notably, Atlanta Humane Society has received about $35,000 in grants and pet supplies to support the organization as it prepares to take in nearly 1,000 displaced pets this week alone.

Ongoing In-Kind Donations of Pet Food and Supplies:
In addition to providing funds, and continuing to assess the funding needs going forward, PetSmart Charities is coordinating deliveries of pet food and supplies to organizations working in the trenches. Prior to Hurricane Irma, the nonprofit delivered three truckloads of pet food donated through PetSmart’s philanthropic Buy A Bag, Give A Meal* program and coordinated the delivery of 2,500 crates to be used for rescue efforts in the affected areas.

Supporting Animal Welfare Organizations on the Ground:
If you are with an animal welfare organization spearheading rescue, relief and recovery efforts for those affected by Hurricane Irma, please visit to apply for an emergency relief grant from PetSmart Charities.

How You Can Support PetSmart Charities’ Emergency Relief Efforts:
If you would like to support PetSmart Charities’ emergency relief efforts, like those underway in Florida, please consider making a donation at the PIN pads located at the cash registers of every PetSmart store or online at

For more information on PetSmart Charities, please visit


*Ends 12/31/17.  5 oz. dog food, 1.5 oz. cat food donated to PetSmart Charities to feed dogs and cats in need.  See details at  The actual number of meals donated is based on dog and cat food bags sold.  The meal donation estimate is based on historic sales for similar time periods. No guaranteed amount. Rescue Bank and Feeding America will help distribute a large portion of the pet food donation in the U.S., while four large animal welfare agencies will distribute it in Canada.

About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization with a mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. In addition to finding homes for almost 500,000 shelter pets each year through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities provides funding to non-profits aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the pin pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores.  In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 92 cents of every dollar donated and has become the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, donating about $300 million to date. PetSmart Charities, a 501(c)(3) organization, has received the Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator, an independent organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 14 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit

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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.

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Lowe’s supports Hurricane Irma disaster relief and recovery efforts with $1 million donation

Mooresville, NC, 2017-Sep-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s announced a commitment of at least $1 million to support disaster relief and recovery efforts through cash and product donations as Hurricane Irma struck communities in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. The latest donation brings Lowe’s total contribution to disaster relief this year to more than $2 million following the major flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. Lowe’s is working with nonprofit partners and government agencies to determine immediate and long-term support needed by local communities.

Lowe’s has also expanded its American Red Cross customer donation program from stores in Texas to all stores nationwide to provide a convenient place for customers to support those affected by the storms. Customers can also contribute to the American Red Cross online through a link on

“Lowe’s makes it a priority to be there for families in our communities before, during and after natural disasters strike,” said Robert A. Niblock, Lowe’s chairman, president and CEO. “I’m thankful to our employees for their tireless efforts to help neighborhoods prepare for storms like Harvey and Irma and proud of their passion and commitment to helping communities rebuild after these historic storms.”

Lowe’s Emergency Command Center continues to expedite thousands of truckloads of needed clean-up and recovery supplies to Lowe’s stores impacted by the storms, including bottled water, gas cans, chainsaws, water removal equipment, insect repellent, shovels, rakes and other tools.

Lowe’s employs more than 23,000 people in Texas and more than 19,000 in Florida. Additional specially trained Lowe’s employees will travel to the hardest-hit locations to provide relief to impacted employees while ensuring stores are ready to serve customers. Lowe’s is also supporting affected employees through its Employee Relief Fund which provides financial assistance in times of crisis. Lowe’s has doubled its match of employee contributions to the fund following Hurricane Harvey. Since it was established in 1999, the fund has helped approximately 26,000 employees by providing more than $29 million in financial aid.

Thus far, Lowe’s has donated 25,000 buckets of clean up supplies to be distributed in Houston, and Lowe’s Heroes volunteers have helped with hands-on relief efforts in Texas communities affected by the hurricane. Volunteers will provide similar support to recovery efforts for communities impacted by Hurricane Irma in the coming weeks as the needs are identified.

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 60-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. In the past decade, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $300 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. For the latest news, visit or follow @LowesMedia on Twitter.

SOURCE: Lowe’s

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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‑

“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‑  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‑, via the 7Rewards® customer-loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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