MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2015-10-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — In response to the massive flooding in the Southeast, Lowe’s announced today it will donate $500,000 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Lowe’s is working with its national nonprofit partners to provide both immediate and long-term support to local communities in the Southeast.
The donation to the Red Cross will help provide food, shelter and comfort to those impacted by this weekend’s historic rainfall. In addition, Lowe’s has activated its American Red Cross customer donation program in all 161 stores in the Carolinas to provide a convenient place for customers to make a donation. People can also make a contribution online via the Lowe’s American Red Cross Online Donation Site.
Lowe’s has shipped truckloads of emergency supplies to the affected area, and Lowe’s stores and national disaster relief partner, the First Response Team of America, have also been assisting with relief efforts.
“Our thoughts are with the thousands of residents, including Lowe’s employees, who’ve been affected by the widespread flooding,” said Joan Higginbotham, Lowe’s director of community relations. “Our Lowe’s Heroes are standing by to assist and will be lending a hand to help with recovery and rebuilding efforts.”
More than 40,000 people in South Carolina are without water after record flooding, and about 26,000 are without power. As many as 550 roads and highways remained closed.
Red Cross volunteers are working around the clock to help. By Monday afternoon, 35 Red Cross shelters were open and assisting residents in North Carolina and South Carolina. Nearly 400 Red Cross workers, 22 response vehicles and shelter supplies for 5,000 people have been mobilized to help in South Carolina.
As a member of the Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program, Lowe’s pledges donationson an ongoing basis in advance of disasters to help ensure the Red Cross can take immediate action. Individuals can team with Lowe’s and the American Red Cross to provide assistance by donating at Lowe’s American Red Cross Online Donation Site, by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Since partnering with the Red Cross in 1999, Lowe’s and its customers have contributed more than $25 million for disaster relief.
Donations to Red Cross Disaster Relief are used to help people affected by disasters big and small. Gifts enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters.
ABOUT LOWE’S IN THE COMMUNITY
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed more than $225 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.
ABOUT 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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