CAMP HILL, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Rite Aid Foundation announced today a $75,000 donation, which will be distributed to the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region and American Red Cross Northern California Coastal Region to support wildfire relief efforts.
“The devastating and destructive fires that have wreaked havoc in California during the past few weeks have forced thousands of residents up and down the state to flee their homes and destroyed more than a quarter-million acres of land,” said Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. “Our thoughts are with the all those who have been impacted by these destructive fires. The Rite Aid Foundation hopes today’s donation provides some relief and comfort as Californians look to rebuild their homes and lives.”
The $75,000 donation will be divided to help relief efforts in Northern and Southern California:
“We appreciate compassionate supporters like The Rite Aid Foundation whose donation is enabling the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, and emotional and recovery support to families impacted by this year’s wildfires,” said Elizabeth Penniman, vice president of communications at the American Red Cross.
During the last three weeks, more than two dozen wildfires have ignited throughout the state of California. Most of those fires have been contained or extinguished. Among the biggest threats were the Getty fire, which ignited in Los Angeles near the neighborhood of Sherman Oaks threatening 10,000 structures, and the Kincade fire, which forced the evacuation of 200,000 residents in Sonoma County.
Along with government and community partners, dozens of American Red Cross disaster workers have helped open shelters and evacuation centers for those fleeing the fires. Since the latest wildfires broke out, the organization has provided 4,900 overnight shelter stays and served meals to over 10,000 people.
About The Rite Aid Foundation
Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $66 million to nonprofit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $92 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.
About the KidCents Program
Through the KidCents program, which is The Rite Aid Foundation’s charitable giving program dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of children living in the communities Rite Aid services, members of Rite Aid's loyalty program, wellness+ rewards, can round up their in-store or online purchases to the nearest dollar and donate their change to KidCents. Members can also choose to direct their change to a specific KidCents charity by visiting www.kidcents.com. For more information, visit www.kidcents.com.
About Rite Aid Corporation
Rite Aid Corporation, which generated fiscal 2019 annual revenue of $21.6 billion, is one of the nation's leading drugstore chains with 2,464 stores in 18 states and pharmacy benefit management (PBM) capabilities through EnvisionRxOptions and its affiliates. At Rite Aid, we have a personal interest in our customers’ health and wellness and deliver the products and services they need to lead healthier lives. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company's website at www.riteaid.com.
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 www.redcross.org.