DEERFIELD, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--To help victims of Hurricane Matthew, customers shopping at Walgreens stores in southeastern U.S. states will have the opportunity to make donations to the American Red Cross Relief Fund in increments of $1, $2, $5 or $10.
Donations will support communities impacted by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti and the southeastern U.S. All Walgreens stores in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands along with select stores in Virginia will offer customers the opportunity to make donations for relief efforts at checkout through the end of October.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people who have been displaced in Hurricane Matthew’s path and the flooding that followed,” said Charles Bernard, Walgreens corporate operations vice president for the Southeast. “They include our neighbors, our customers and our employees, and we want to support them in any way we can.”
In addition, Walgreens has donated merchandise to several emergency shelters serving individuals in need in the impacted region. Supplies include health and hygiene products such as diabetes glucometers and test strips, thermometers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, baby diapers and baby wipes.
Walgreens has reopened the vast majority of locations that temporarily closed due to Hurricane Matthew. Some stores in areas still under curfew are operating on limited hours.
Walgreens will continue to work with the Red Cross and state and local governments to determine the needs of areas impacted by the hurricane.
Walgreens (www.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 8 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 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens omnichannel business includes Walgreens.com and VisionDirect.com. More than 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.