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Haiti gets help from chain drug industry

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NEW YORK — The chain drug industry has responded to the Haiti earthquake disaster with cash donations and measures to enable employees and customers to donate individually to relief efforts.

Walgreen Co., for example, has donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross and will match employee donations dollar for dollar up to $50,000.

The company is also providing nonperishable food, water and medical supplies to the University of Miami Global Institute for Community Health and Development, which has established clinics and triage units on the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s largest city, located just miles from the quake’s epicenter. Walgreens stores in the Miami area are also taking donations.

CVS Caremark Corp., meanwhile, has donated $175,000 to a variety of humanitarian organizations involved in the relief effort.

The American Red Cross has received $125,000, while CVS has directed $25,000 to Boston-based Partners in Health and $25,000 to Operation Helping Hands, a Miami-based organization that operates a network of health care clinics in Haiti.

The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust will match all CVS employee donations to the American Red Cross that were made through the end of January.

For its part, Rite Aid Corp. has donated $50,000 to the Red Cross International Response Fund and has launched a fund-raising program for customers and associates. All funds will be donated to the Red Cross.

Duane Reade Inc. has partnered with MoneyGram International to enable customers to wire funds to Haiti free of charge up to January 24.

In addition, the Duane Reade Charitable Foundation has made a cash contribution of $10,000 to the American Red Cross and will match employee donations dollar-for-dollar up to an additional $10,000.


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