The H&M Foundation donates 200,000 USD to the Red Cross relief effort in Myanmar and Bangladesh

Stockholm, SWEDEN, 2017-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — More than 480,000 people have fled Rakhine State in Myanmar in the last weeks, arriving in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh in desperate conditions. The humanitarian crisis in Cox’s Bazar is one of the region’s largest man-made humanitarian crises in decades. Needs are also enormous within Rakhine State. To help saves lives and reduce suffering among those affected by the conflict, both in Myanmar and Bangladesh, the H&M Foundation is donating 200,000 USD to the Red Cross relief effort.

“Many have fled with nothing but the clothes they were wearing and are in need of everything: food, shelter, clean water and health care,” says Carola Tembe at the H&M Foundation. Therefore, it is important for us to support the work of the Red Cross for those affected by the conflict.”

Since August 25, 2017, violence has escalated in the state of Rakhine in Myanmar. Even before the most recent escalation, humanitarian needs were great both in Rakhine and in the refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar, where refugees from Rakhine have sought shelter for decades. The Myanmar Red Cross and Bangladesh Red Crescent, together with the International Red Cross movement have been on the ground in both areas for many years, providing lifesaving assistance.

As the informal settlements and camps swell with the heavy influx of new arrivals, access to shelter, water, sanitation, food and health services are urgent priorities. The Red Cross has mobile healthcare teams reaching hundreds of people every day. A Red Cross field hospital has also just been put in place to serve those fleeing.

“This donation comes at a time when the needs are huge and support is crucial. We are grateful for the H&M Foundation’s commitment to helping make our work possible.”

Michaela Friberg Storey, Head of International Operations at the Swedish Red Cross

There is also a lack of toilets and clean water, leading to an increased risk of outbreaks of communicable diseases. The Red Cross is building latrines and purifying water for the refugees and a team of water and sanitation experts from the Swedish Red Cross are on the ground to provide support.

“This donation comes at a time when the needs are huge and support is crucial. We are grateful for the H&M Foundation’s commitment to helping make our work possible,” says Michaela Friberg Storey, Head of International Operations at the Swedish Red Cross.

MEDIA CONTACTS

Malin Björne
PR & Communications Manager, H&M Foundation
+46 70 796 39 75
malin.bjorne@hmfoundation.com
hmfoundation.com

 

Cecilia Sobocki
Press Secretary
+46 (0)727 414 802
cecilia.sobocki@redcross.se

 

ABOUT THE RED CROSS
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian network that reaches 150 million people in 190 National Societies through the work of over 17 million volunteers. Together, we act before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. We do so without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.

 

ABOUT H&M FOUNDATION
H&M Foundation is a non-profit global foundation, privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of H&M group. Its mission is to drive long lasting positive change and improve living conditions by investing in people, communities and innovative ideas. Through partnerships with organizations around the globe, the H&M Foundation drives change within four focus areas; Education, Water, Equality and Planet. In addition to this, the Foundation can also provide emergency relief. Since 2013, the Stefan Persson family has donated 1.3 billion Swedish krona ($177 million/€144 million) to the Foundation. Learn more at hmfoundation.com.

SOURCE: H&M group

Harris Teeter to donate $135,841.35 to Red Cross for disaster relief efforts in South Carolina affected by the flooding in October

Company to Present Check to Aid Disaster Relief

Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Time: 3 p.m.

Location: Morrocroft Village Harris Teeter
6701 Morrison Blvd.
Charlotte, NC    28211
Live shots are welcomed!

Charlotte, NC, 2015-12-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wednesday, December 16, 2015, Harris Teeter will present The American Red Cross with a $135,841.35 check to assist disaster relief efforts in South Carolina for those communities affected by the extreme flooding in early October.

This donation is made possible by the success of Harris Teeter’s in-store donation card campaign which the company hosted to benefit its South Carolina neighbors who were displaced or affected by the flooding. The campaign launched when the flooding began and ran through October 31, 2015. During this time, Harris Teeter invited its shoppers and associates in North and South Carolina stores to donate $1, $3 or $5 at checkout.

One-hundred percent of proceeds from the in-store campaign will be given to The American Red Cross and is designated for disaster relief in the state of South Carolina. In addition to the donation card campaign, Harris Teeter donated a truckload of bottled water to flood victims in Columbia, S.C. and provided transportation of donated product to affected areas for various community collection efforts.

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, Inc.

The American Red Cross recognized IKEA US for its support of Red Cross disaster response work through the Disaster Responder Program

Assistance Critical to Enabling Red Cross to Respond to Disasters in the United States

PHILADELPHIA, PA, 2015-5-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — The American Red Cross today recognized IKEA US, headquartered in Conshohocken, Pa., for its support of Red Cross disaster response work through the Disaster Responder Program.

The IKEA partnership with the Red Cross enables the organization to provide safety and comfort to families in communities after a disaster strikes. IKEA is supporting the Red Cross by delivering 4,300 IKEA comfort and care packages annually to IKEA U.S. local communities to help people impacted by disaster. These comfort care packages consist of everyday home items, such as: sheets, pillows, towels and toys to help families get back on their feet.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support of IKEA and other companies and foundations, which ensures that the Red Cross can immediately respond to the needs of people impacted by disaster in the United States,” said Judge Renee Hughes (ret.), Eastern Pennsylvania Region chief executive officer, “Members of this program generously help create a reliable funding base for disaster relief services, providing food, shelter, emotional support and other essential assistance to disaster victims.”

“IKEA is committed to creating a better life for its communities. We are proud to partner with the Red Cross to support efforts that focus on assisting disaster survivors during and after an emergency. We’re happy to know that IKEA products will help make their daily life easier and more comfortable,” said Evamay Lawson, IKEA US sustainability manager.

“The generous donations from Disaster Responder Program members help the Red Cross assist disaster survivors and support volunteers who work tirelessly at the disaster scene,” said Neal Litvack, American Red Cross chief development officer. “All money donated by the program members and by the general public is essential to our ability to fulfil the mission of the Red Cross.”

Other members of the Disaster Responder Program include major leading companies such as 1-800-BOARDUP; Alcoa; Astellas USA Foundation; AstraZeneca; AT&T; AvalonBay Communities, Inc.; AXA; Ball Foundation; Bi-Lo Holdings parent company of BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie: Carlson Rezidor Hotels; The Clorox Company; Delta Air Lines; Farmers Insurance; General Motors Foundation; H&M; Hewlett Packard Company Foundation; IKEA; Ingersoll Rand Foundation; Land O’Lakes, Inc.; Marsh & McLennan Companies; MetLife Foundation; Morgan Stanley; New Balance Foundation; Northrup Grumman Corporation; Northwestern Mutual and the Northwestern Mutual Foundation; Procter & Gamble Company; PSEG Foundation; PuroClean; Residence Inn by Marriott; Ryder; San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E); Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Foundation, Inc.; State Street; Swiss Re Foundation; T O Y O T A and U.S. Bank.

People can join the Disaster Responder Program members in supporting Red Cross Disaster Relief and help provide food, shelter, emotional support and other assistance to the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year. Visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make a donation.

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 @ARC_EasternPA (267)-246-4375

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About IKEA Group
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. There are currently 315 IKEA Group stores in 27 countries. Additionally, there are 40 IKEA stores run by franchises. There are 40 IKEA stores in the US. In FY 14, IKEA Group had 716 million visitors to the stores and 1.5 billion visitors to IKEA.com. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, please visit www.IKEA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA, http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/, www.youtube.com/IKEAUSA, www.theshare-space.com, www.theshare-space.com/en/Blog

Inditex donates EUR 1.2 million to humanitarian aid programmes in Nepal; to be channelled through Red Cross, Oxfam and Caritas

The donations will go to the Red Cross, Oxfam and Caritas, three of the organisations with the most professionals on the ground in Nepal

Arteixo, Spain, 2015-4-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inditex will donate 1.2 million euros to humanitarian aid programmes in Nepal after the dramatic earthquake that hit the country on Saturday. This aid is channelled through three of the leading international organisations working in the area, specifically Red Cross, Oxfam and Caritas.

Inditex contacted these organisations immediately following the tragedy to find out where its donation could have the most impact. To that end, Inditex will donate 500,000 euros to Red Cross to meet the organisation’s most pressing emergency needs in Nepal, where teams are now providing support to tens of thousands of the displaced and homeless. The Red Cross is focusing on providing basic supplies for survival, especially blankets and tents to shelter those who have lost their homes, as well as facilitate permanent and stable health care.

The company will also allocate another 500,000 euros to support the work Oxfam is doing to organise a shipment of supplies related to water supply, sanitation and shelter for the victims, material that is crucial for preventing the spread of disease in these early days after the disaster.

Inditex also contacted Caritas to find out what the organisation needed in Nepal and will donate an additional 200,000 euros to provide emergency first response through the distribution of basic necessities. The objective is to provide food and temporary shelter to the greatest possible number of people over the next few critical hours for limiting the extent of the tragedy.

For any press request please contact with:

Communication and Corporate Affairs Division
Edificio Inditex
Avda. de la Diputación s/n
15143 – Arteixo
A Coruña – ESPAÑA

Tlf: +34 981 185 400
Fax: +34 981 185 544
comunicacion@inditex.com

Co-op donation supports the people left homeless after a fire destroyed a South Regina apartment complex

Alberta, Canada, 2015-2-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Co-op is donating $10,000 to the Canadian Red Cross in support of 30 people left homeless after a fire destroyed a South Regina apartment complex in early January.

Sherwood Co-op is donating $5,000 to the Red Cross, which is helping provide food, clothing and shelter to those affected by the fire.

“Sherwood Co-op is pleased to assist the families that recently lost their homes and belongings in the South Regina apartment fire,” said Troy Verboom, Sherwood Co-op General Manager.

The local donation is being matched by Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), on behalf of the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS), as part of a $1 million commitment to the Red Cross over five years for local emergency response efforts in Western Canada.

The Red Cross will receive $100,000 per year to pre-position goods across the West in order to respond quickly to local crises. Another $100,000 per year will be available to match emergency donations to the Red Cross by local co-ops.

This funding has previously aided in flood relief efforts in eastern Saskatchewan and western Manitoba in 2014 and southern Alberta in 2013.

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Sherwood Co-op General Manager Troy Verboom (right) presents Sherwood Co-op's $5,000 donation to Tim Johnson of the Canadian Red Cross. The $5,000 will be matched by FCL, on behalf of the CRS, as part of a $1 million commitment.

Sherwood Co-op General Manager Troy Verboom (right) presents Sherwood Co-op’s $5,000 donation to Tim Johnson of the Canadian Red Cross. The $5,000 will be matched by FCL, on behalf of the CRS, as part of a $1 million commitment.