In a show of support for disease prevention, education and improved access to health and wellness programs in communities across the country, Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) customers have raised more than $17 million in just two months thanks to the ability to make electronic donations at checkout for charities focused on cancer, diabetes and disaster relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. National charities benefiting from these fundraising programs include Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, American Diabetes Association (ADA) and American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
In October, Walgreens and Duane Reade locations began offering electronic donations at checkout for the first time as a convenient option allowing customers to participate in a more private way. Customers made contributions at any of the more than 8,000 Walgreens and Duane Reade locations across the country by adding the donation in increments of $1, $2, $5 or $10 to their purchase amount. In the past, team members asked customers if they wanted to donate.
“In this season of giving, we want to thank and recognize our customers for their continued generosity and support for organizations focused on helping those facing chronic health conditions or natural disasters,” said Mark Wagner, Walgreens president of operations and community management. “Walgreens is a trusted resource for health and daily living needs, and we are always looking for ways to make health care and healthy living easier and more accessible. Through technology and philanthropy, we are working together with our customers to help make a meaningful difference.”
Walgreens has a long history of giving back to the communities it serves to help people get, stay and live well. Last year, the drugstore chain announced its Way to Well Commitment™, a four-year, $100 million health initiative aimed at disease prevention and improving everyday health through education and early detection of today’s leading diseases. As part of this effort, Walgreens is working with the nation’s top health organizations, including the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, ADA and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to improve the lives of those impacted by these diseases.