MOORESVILLE, N.C.--(Lowe’s announced today it will donate $133,966 to support American Red Cross relief efforts in response to Hurricane Isaac. As part of Lowe’s Racing for Relief program, Lowe’s matched the earnings of five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson from Sunday’s NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports together will donate an additional $48,000 to the Red Cross.)--
“By partnering with organizations like the American Red Cross, we’re able to ensure that immediate support and supplies continue to reach those in need.”
The donations will help provide food, shelter, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by Hurricane Isaac. In addition, Lowe’s stores throughout the United States are accepting donations to the Red Cross at every register. Since partnering with the Red Cross in 1999, Lowe’s and its customers have contributed more than $23 million for disaster relief.
“Lowe’s heartfelt thoughts go out to those impacted by this disaster, many of whom are a part of our Lowe’s family,” said Joan Higginbotham, Lowe’s director of community relations. “By partnering with organizations like the American Red Cross, we’re able to ensure that immediate support and supplies continue to reach those in need.”
As a member of the Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program, Lowe’s pledges donations on an ongoing basis in advance of disasters to help ensure the Red Cross can take immediate action. Lowe’s provides additional support through the Racing for Relief program. This spring, Lowe’s donated more than $281,000 to the Red Cross, matching Team 48’s earnings at the Kobalt Tools 400 to assist communities affected by a deadly outbreak of tornadoes across the central and southern United States. To date, Racing for Relief has raised more than $750,000.
In addition to Racing for Relief and Lowe’s customer donation program, Lowe’s Heroes will continue to distribute critically needed relief supplies and work alongside The First Response Team of America as it responds to Hurricane Isaac. In June, Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation awarded a $250,000 grant to the First Response Team, a nonprofit organization dedicated to working with local agencies to help save lives following natural disasters.
To join Lowe’s in its disaster relief efforts, make a donation to the American Red Cross at your nearest Lowe’s store or at Lowe’s American Red Cross Online Donation Site. Donors also can text REDCROSS to 90999 or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®, has donated nearly $5 million in grants to K-12 public schools every year since its inception in 2006. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross. In 2011, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $32 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.
ABOUT AMERICAN RED CROSS:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
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