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CVS, Walgreens provide aid to flood victims
May 7th, 2010
NEW YORK – CVS Caremark Corp. and Walgreen Co. have stepped up with donations and/or supplies to assist relief efforts for the devastating floods that hit several southeastern states.
The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust is donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to aid flood relief efforts in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.
In addition to the cash donation, the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust is donating more than $13,000 in food and personal care items to the Seventh Day Adventist Center in Albertville, Ala., and the American Red Cross in Nashville, Tenn. The donated products will be distributed to flood victims in those communities.
"The Red Cross has implemented a coordinated effort to assist victims of these devastating floods, and we are committed to supporting their efforts across the states that are impacted," Eileen Howard Dunn, vice president of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, said in a statement. "It is our hope that these funds will help these communities recover as quickly as possible."
Walgreens said it's providing much-needed water, hygiene products and various medical supplies to local shelters in the Nashville area to aid flood victims and support the Nashville community as it works to recover from local flooding.
The drug store chain also noted that customers wishing to support flood relief efforts can do so through a donation at checkout at any of the more than 80 Nashville-area Walgreens stores. All donations will benefit the Nashville Area Red Cross.
"We're here to help in any way we can," commented said Connie Latta, Tennessee market vice president for Walgreens. "We'll continue to lend our assistance and support to residents in our tight-knit community as we work together through this difficult time."
Also affecting Kentucky, the severe flooding resulted from weekend storms that dumped recording-breaking levels of rain on the region, swelling lakes, rivers, streams and drainage systems well over capacity and catching many residents by surprise. Tornadoes also hit some areas. The disaster has caused several dozen deaths.