Bartell Drugs and Rite Aid Corp. are donating funds to aid rescue and relief efforts for the devastating mudslide in Oso, Washington.


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Bartell Drugs, Rite Aid aid relief efforts for Wash. mudslide

April 2nd, 2014

NEW YORK – Bartell Drugs and Rite Aid Corp. are donating funds to aid rescue and relief efforts for the devastating mudslide in Oso, Washington.

Bartell Drugs said late Tuesday that it's accepting donations to support ongoing relief efforts for those affected by the March 22 mudslide in Oso, which is located in Washington's Snohomish County. The Seattle-area drug chain has pledged $10,000 to match customer contributions with a donation to Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services.

Customers can make donations of any amount at checkout at Bartell Drugs' 63 stores in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties.

"When tragedies like this occur, the Salvation Army's staff and volunteers are focused on the needs of individuals, families and first-responders," George Bartell, chairman and chief executive officer of Bartell Drugs, said in a statement. "Donations by our customers, along with our company's matching pledge, will be committed to on-the-ground recovery efforts in Oso and surrounding communities."

On Wednesday, Rite Aid announced that it's making a $15,000 donation to the Snohomish County chapter of the American Red Cross to help the victims, families and communities affected by the mudslide.

"Our hearts go out to the victims, families and communities affected by the landslide," stated Ken Martindale, president and chief operating officer of Rite Aid and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. "As rescue efforts continue and rebuilding begins, it's important that the people of Oso and the neighboring areas know they aren't alone during their time of need. We hope that our donation can help make it just a little easier for those who have been impacted the most." 

Rite Aid said it operates 17 stores in Snohomish County and another 121 stores across Washington.

"We are so grateful for the support of The Rite Aid Foundation," commented Chuck Morrison, regional executive director of the American Red Cross Snohomish County chapter. "Thanks to generous contributions like this, the Red Cross is able to help people whose lives have been forever changed by the devastating landslide by providing critical support services."

The landslide happened four miles east of Oso, with mud and debris covering an area of about one square mile. As of April 1, the Snohomish County medical examiner's office confirmed that 28 people have died from the disaster, and 20 people remain missing. The mudslide is reportedly the nation's deadliest single landslide event, excluding landslides caused by volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and dam collapses.

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