Lowe’s announced today it will donate $500,000 to support American Red Cross relief efforts in response to Hurricane Sandy. As part of Lowe’s $1 million commitment to assist hurricane victims, last week Lowe’s pledged to match the earnings of five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson from Sunday’s NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway. Johnson earned $492,086 for winning the race. Lowe’s rounded up that amount to donate $500,000 to the American Red Cross through the Lowe’s Racing for Relief program.
Individuals can team with Lowe’s and the American Red Cross to help provide assistance by donating at their local Lowe’s store. Donations also can be made at Lowe’s American Red Cross Online Donation Site, or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Since partnering with the Red Cross in 1999, Lowe’s and its customers have contributed nearly $24 million for disaster relief.In addition to Racing for Relief and Lowe’s customer donation program, Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers will continue to assist hurricane victims by delivering critically needed relief supplies and support to local communities and by partnering with The First Response Team of America. Lowe’s also has teamed with Procter & Gamble to host the Tide ® Loads of Hope and Duracell ® Power Forward trucks to provide free laundry services, batteries and charging stations for local families affected by the disaster. ABOUT LOWE’S: Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®, has donated nearly $5 million in grants to K-12 public schools every year since its inception in 2006. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross. In 2011, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $32 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility. ABOUT 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 visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org. Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=50467976&lang=en