Shop Your Way teams up with Major League Baseball player René Rivera to host toy drive and support ongoing relief efforts in Puerto Rico

Sears and Kmart membership platform and e-commerce marketplace teams with Major League Baseball player to host toy drive and support ongoing relief efforts

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2017-Dec-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — As rebuilding efforts continue in the wake of Hurricane Maria, Shop Your Way is bringing the magic of the holidays to the island with the announcement of a unique toy drive to support “Que Ningún Niño Pierda la Ilusión en Esta Navidad(“Let no child lose the illusion this Christmas”),” an initiative in partnership with Major League Baseball player René Rivera. All gifted toys will benefit children in Puerto Rico who were affected by the devastating storm.

Shop Your Way, a free platform that connects members with offers and experiences to help them save time and money in their everyday lives, will collect toys in two ways: Now through Christmas, all 28 Kmart and Sears stores in Puerto Rico will accept donations of new and gently used toys. Members who do not live on the island can give back by purchasing toy packs either online at Shop Your Way or at one of 25 Kmart and Sears locations in Miami and the Chicagoland area. Members can gift toy packs at $5, $10 or $20 increments; and Shop Your Way will match each toy pack purchased.* The goal of the program is to gift 25,000 toys total this holiday season.

“We care deeply about the residents of Puerto Rico and have remained dedicated to supporting their rebuilding efforts,” said B.J. Naedele, Chief Commercial Officer, Shop Your Way. “Keeping the spirit of Christmas alive despite the hardship so many Puerto Ricans still face is an idea that resonated with us, which is why we teamed up with René for this toy drive. As a shopping destination, we are well-positioned to help give families and children in Puerto Rico a merrier holiday.”

Rivera, free agent catcher who most recently played for the Chicago Cubs, has already pledged his commitment to his native Puerto Rico as the island continues to pick up the pieces post Hurricane Maria. He and his wife, Mariel, will distribute collected toys to children across Puerto RicoDecember 18-20. This follows Rivera’s launch of a GoFundMe page, which raised more than $39,000 for recovery efforts. In addition, Shop Your Way has already gifted 25,000 pieces of Cubs apparel in partnership with Rivera as well as his teammates Javier Baez and Victor Caratini to the island’s residents. Before Rivera arrives in Puerto Rico, the catcher will host an event on December 9 at the Kmart store on 8th Street in Miami to welcome those who have relocated from Puerto Rico to Miami—either temporarily or permanently—and help them get on their feet. A second event on December 16 in Rivera’s hometown of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, will serve as an opportunity to continue to distribute collected apparel and promote the toy drive, in addition to connecting with the community during this time of year.

“To see my hometown in ruins has been heartbreaking, but that feeling pales in comparison to knowing so many families are unable to celebrate the holidays because of their situation,” said Rivera. “Our goal for this toy drive is to bring these families joy, comfort and a break from their distress this holiday season.”

The toy drive is another way Shop Your Way has assisted affected members recovering in Puerto Rico. Shop Your Way has distributed hundreds of care packages containing food and essential supplies to community centers and children’s homes, as well as established ‘comfort zones’ at all open Sears and Kmart stores to give families a place to sit and rest, charge their phones and other devices, cool down in air conditioning and allow children to play. Members of the Kmart Pharmacy team have also been available at the ‘comfort zones’ to take blood pressure screenings and share information about flu shots and other immunizations.

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*Shop Your Way will match up to 7,500 toys

About Shop Your Way
Shop Your Way® a business unit of Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a free social shopping destination and rewards program offering millions of products, personalized services, and advice. The program rewards members for buying the products and services they want every day. Through an extensive network, members can shop thousands of top brands and earn points to use on future purchases. Members also have access to special pricing, sales and digital coupons that can be loaded directly into their account.

It’s free and easy to become a Shop Your Way member and begin enjoying benefits immediately when you visit shopyourway.com. Download the free Shop Your Way app on iTunes or Google Play.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Howard Riefs
Sears PR
847-286-7562
Howard.Riefs@searshc.com

SOURCE: Sears Holdings Corporation

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

CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation donates $200,000 to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation today (August 28, 2017) announced $200,000 in cash and in-kind product donations to organizations helping with relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Following widespread damage to communities across the coast of Texas, federal officials are anticipating the storm will drive 30,000 people into shelters and spur 450,000 victims to seek some sort of disaster assistance. In response, the CVS Health Foundation has donated $50,000 each to the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the American Red Cross, as well as $25,000 to Salvation Army, to aid the greater Houston area in supporting local residents as they begin the recovery and rebuilding process. CVS Health colleagues are invited to make a donation amount of their choosing, which will be matched by the CVS Health Foundation, up to $25,000.

CVS Pharmacy is continuing to identify how Hurricane Harvey has impacted over 200 locations in the greater Houston region. The company’s mobile pharmacies will be moved into the area once it is safe to do so. Customers will be able to pick up their prescriptions, purchase over-the-counter medications and receive recommended vaccines.

“We want to offer any assistance we can to our customers, colleagues and communities affected by this disaster,” said Eileen Howard Boone, SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy at CVS Health, and President of the CVS Health Foundation. “Both CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation are committed to ensuring that residents hit hard by this disaster have continued access to critical pharmacy care and the non-profit partners, first responders, and government agencies leading the relief efforts on the ground have the critical supplies and financial support they need to help those most in need.”

In addition, CVS Health will also donate $25,000 worth of in-kind products including personal hygiene, clean-up and over-the-counter items. The CVS Health Employee Relief Fund is prepared to provide support to colleagues who have been affected by the disaster.

CVS Caremark, the pharmacy benefit management division of CVS Health, is able to provide one-time emergency refills of a 10-day supply of medication for plan members in impacted areas at local pharmacies.

CVS Health has a long history of providing aid in times of disasters, helping communities prepare and recover by donating emergency supplies, such as food and water, home and personal products.

About CVS Health
CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Media Contact:
Mary Gattuso
(401) 770-9811
mary.gattuso@cvshealth.com

Stephanie Cunha
(401) 770-9354
stephanie.cunha@cvshealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Health

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

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to support Hurricane Matthew relief efforts with $2 million donation

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2016-Oct-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have made a commitment to provide support through cash and product donations of $2 million to organizations helping with relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Matthew. As a part of this commitment, the Walmart Foundation is allocating $500,000 specifically toward CARE and Team Rubicon Global for relief efforts in Haiti. In the United States, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have been working closely with the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Team Rubicon and Feeding America, coordination efforts are being made with elected officials and governmental entities to meet the needs of those affected.

With widespread wind damage and flooding, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have coordinated efforts as part of the $2 million donation to send bottles of water, food and sheltering supplies to affected areas.

“Our thoughts are with those affected by this disaster,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, President of the Walmart Foundation. “Both Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are working closely with non-profit partners, first responders, elected officials and governmental organizations to see how each can use its strengths to help.”

Walmart has a long history of providing aid in times of disasters, helping communities prepare and recover by donating emergency supplies, such as food and water, home and personal products. In the last 10 years, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than $56 million in cash and in-kind donations in response to disaster events.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our 11,528 stores under 72 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2016 revenue of $482.1 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

About Philanthropy at Walmart
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. We have stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.3 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

Contact: 1-800-WALMART (1-800-925-6278)

Source: Walmart