MOORESVILLE, N.C., Aug. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to historic flooding that has swept through Louisiana, Lowe's announced today it will donate $500,000 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help those affected. Lowe's is working with its national nonprofit partners to provide both immediate and long-term support to local communities.
The donation to the Red Cross will help provide food, shelter and comfort to those impacted by the flooding. In addition, Lowe's has activated its American Red Cross customer donation program at its Louisiana stores to provide a convenient place for customers to make a donation. People also can make a contribution online via the Lowe's American Red Cross Online Donation Site.
"It's devastating to see the people of Louisiana, including many of our own employees, once again facing an historic flood event," said James Frison, Lowe's director of community relations. "As families begin the difficult recovery process, we want them to know Lowe's will work closely with the Red Cross and our other partners to support them every step of the way."
Lowe's has shipped more than 50 truckloads of critically needed supplies to the area, and Lowe's employees across the region have been working around the clock to help people affected by flooding that began Friday. In the coming days and weeks, Lowe's Heroes employee volunteers and the company's national disaster relief partner, the First Response Team of America, will help with relief efforts in Baton Rouge and other impacted communities. Lowe's employees from surrounding stores in Louisiana, Mississippi and East Texas also will travel to the hardest-hit areas to support Lowe's stores and assist communities in need.
On Sunday, the president declared a major disaster in Louisiana, where flooding has impacted tens of thousands. More than 10,000 people have stayed at Red Cross and community shelters across the state, and more than 850 Red Cross volunteers are on the ground providing relief and bringing comfort to affected residents.
"We appreciate Lowe's significant contribution toward the massive disaster relief efforts being undertaken in Louisiana, which is now our largest response since Hurricane Sandy," said Brad Kieserman, vice president of disaster services operations and logistics for the Red Cross. "With support from partners like Lowe's, the Red Cross is working to meet the urgent needs of affected Louisiana families."
As a member of the Red Cross' Annual Disaster Giving Program, Lowe's pledges donations on an ongoing basis in advance of disasters to help ensure the Red Cross can take immediate action. Since partnering with the Red Cross in 1999, Lowe's and its customers have contributed more than $27 million for disaster relief. Donations to Red Cross Disaster Relief are used to help people affected by disasters big and small.
Lowe's has teamed up with partners to provide disaster aid to Louisiana communities for more than a decade. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Lowe's contributed $650,000 and employees helped restore 10 firehouses across the city. To mark the storm's 10th anniversary last year, Lowe's partnered with Rebuilding Together to revitalize New Orleans' Gentilly neighborhood. And in 2014, Lowe's volunteers distributed hundreds of hurricane kits to prepare low-income homeowners in St. John Parish for hurricane season.
About Lowe's in the Community
Lowe's, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe's and the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed more than $250 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe's Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.
About American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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