DEERFIELD, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--More than $10 million was raised by Walgreens and Duane Reade customers nationwide for American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey relief efforts through donations at store checkouts. Walgreens implemented the fundraising program on Aug. 29 in the aftermath of the storm. The program ran through Sept. 4.
Customers were able to make contributions during checkout at any of the approximately 8,000 Walgreens and Duane Reade locations across the country by adding the donation to their purchase amount. The fundraising initiative was in addition to Walgreens commitment to donate $200,000 to the American Red Cross.
“We’re humbled by the generosity Walgreens and Duane Reade customers showed and how that support will help those in need work through the hardships many are facing right now,” said Richard Ashworth, Walgreens president of pharmacy and retail operations. “We’re also proud of our employees in Texas and Louisiana who worked quickly to restore pharmacy and other services throughout the region, in order to meet the needs of our customers and patients.”
Walgreens has since reopened nearly all of its approximately 500 drugstores in southeast Texas and Louisiana that were impacted by the storm.
“The Red Cross is working around the clock in very challenging conditions to help people impacted by Hurricane Harvey,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. “We couldn’t do it without the generosity of our amazing donors – such as Walgreens. With its commitment, the Red Cross can be there to deliver shelter, food and the necessary supplies to ensure people are cared for, and to help during the recovery process. We’re extremely grateful for their meaningful support of our humanitarian mission.”
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.