CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. said customers and associates nationwide have donated more than $765,000 to the American Red Cross International Response Fund to help the victims, families and communities affected by the earthquake in Haiti.
The retailer said Tuesday that in the campaign ended January 30, customers were able to donate funds by buying $1 disaster relief certificates at any Rite Aid drug store across the country. Rite Aid associates in the corporate and field offices, as well as at the company’s distribution centers, also participated in the program.
On top of the funds raised through the customer and associate program, the Rite Aid Foundation donated $50,000 to assist with relief efforts. All funds raised will be donated to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, which Rite Aid said is earmarked for Haiti earthquake relief.
"Our hearts and thoughts remain with those impacted by last month’s devastating earthquake, and we hope this donation helps make life just a little easier," Rite Aid chairman and chief executive officer Mary Sammons said in a statement. "Thank you to the generous Rite Aid customers and associates nationwide, who have made and continue to make a difference in the lives of those who need it the most."
Rite Aid is among a host of chain drug retailers that have answered the call for help in Haiti. In addition to earlier contributions and fundraising, CVS Caremark Corp. on Monday announced that customers can make cash donations free to the American Red Cross via MoneyGram ExpressPayment through April 1. And late last month, Walgreen Co. reported that its stores nationwide have gathered over $1 million for the Haiti relief effort.
Other food and drug retailers providing assistance include Duane Reade, Shoppers Drug Mart, Jean Coutu, Walmart, Target, Safeway, Winn-Dixie, Publix, Kroger and Wegmans Food Markets.
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