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Rite Aid donates water to West Virginians affected by chemical spill
January 13th, 2014
CAMP HILL, Pa. – The Rite Aid Foundation is donating 15,000 cases of water to the American Red Cross West Virginia Region to help communities in the greater Charleston area that are under a water ban.
Rite Aid said Saturday that it has begun delivering the water to the National Guard Recruiting Center, which will distribute it to those in need.
The water ban, ordered in response to a chemical leak that contaminated the area's water supply, affects about 300,000 people in a nine-county area in West Virginia, including Charleston, the state's capital and largest city.
"One of Rite Aid’s core values is to be a caring neighbor and that’s especially true in times of need," Ken Martindale, president and chief operating officer of Rite Aid and president of The Rite Aid Foundation, said in a statement. "Clean water is crucial for many everyday activities as well as the health and wellness of a community. It's our hope that our donation will help make life a little bit safer and easier for the people affected by the water ban."
Rite Aid has more than 100 stores overall in West Virginia. The company said its stores in the areas affected by the chemical leak are open and serving the prescription and merchandise needs of the local residents.
The drug chain said that in addition to the water donation, it's working to bring into its stores additional supplies of water, hand sanitizer and cleaning products.
"The American Red Cross is so grateful for the generous donation from The Rite Aid Foundation as we work to provide a much-needed resource to the people affected by the chemical leak," stated Erica Mani, regional chief executive officer for the American Red Cross. "We appreciate The Rite Aid Foundation reaching out to us to see how they could help and thank them for helping our community."
On Jan. 9, state officials found the leak near the Elk River from a tank of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol at Freedom Industries Inc. On Jan. 10, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency, and West Virginia residents were told not drink tap water because the chemical spill called its safety into question. President Barack Obama also has issued an emergency declaration.