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Bartell Drugs rallies donations for mudslide recovery efforts
May 28th, 2014
SEATTLE – Bartell Drugs and its customers have donated $100,000 to The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services for ongoing recovery efforts for those impacted by the mudslide on March 22 in Oso, in Washington's Snohomish County.
Bartell Drugs' George Bartell (left) presents a $100,000 check to The Salvation Army's Doug Tollerud for the Oso mudslide recovery efforts.
The Puget Sound-area drug chain said Wednesday that its customers donated $80,248.23 to support on-the-ground recovery efforts in Oso and surrounding communities. Bartell Drugs adding $19,751.77 to bring the total to $100,000.
Nearly 10,000 customer donations were collected at Bartell Drugs' 63 stores in Snohomish, King and Pierce counties.
"Once again, the generosity of our customers underscores the sense of community we share here in the Puget Sound area," Bartell Drugs chairman and chief executive officer George Bartell said in a statement. "The impacts of this tragedy continue, and this donation will be committed to on-the-ground recovery efforts."
In announcing its donation campaign in April, Bartell Drugs had pledged $10,000 to match customer contributions with a donation to Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services.
Bartell Drugs said the Salvation Army is partnering with nonprofit organizations to provide long-term recovery in the area. The Salvation Army is currently working with 60 families to provide funding for repairs, utility bills and temporary housing costs. It also has deployed five caseworker/advocates to assist the families in identifying needs and navigating the system, including preparation of paperwork to receive FEMA aid.
"We are grateful to Bartell Drugs and its customers for this generous donation," stated Major Doug Tollerud, divisional commander of The Salvation Army in the Northwest. "It will take much time and money to continue assisting the families impacted by the Oso mudslide, and The Salvation Army will be there for as long as it takes."
The landslide occurred several miles east of Oso, with mud and debris covering an area of about one square mile. As of April 30, the Snohomish County medical examiner's office confirmed that 41 people have died from the disaster. The mudslide was reportedly the nation's deadliest single landslide event, excluding landslides caused by volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and dam collapses.