Walmart, Macy's, Target Rebuild after Hurricane Sandy

As "Frankenstorm" surged through the northeast, hundreds of retailers from Virginia to Maine were forced to button down and close-up shop. Although many retailers will feel the financial wrath of Hurricane Sandy, many have reopened stores (many of which are located in the mid-Atlantic states of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut and Pennsylvania); however, residents of this region aren't as lucky. With stores back up and running, retailers including Kohl's, Walgreens, Limited Brands, Gap, Ross Stores, Walmart, Home Depot and Lowe's are among those making donations to hurricane relief to help communities rebuild.
Retailers' efforts include:
·         Walmart has pledged up to $1.5 million to disaster relief partners such as American Red Cross, Salvation Army and Feeding America. The retailer is also working closely with the American Red Cross to help support disaster shelter operations by donating essential items, including water, food, snacks and personal care and have up with suppliers to prepare hot meals for those affected by or responding to the disaster in Secaucus, NJ. Sam's Clubs in the Northeast are also offering cell phone recharging stations and temporarily waiving membership fees to those in the area.
·         Target has donated $425,000 in cash and in-kind donations to the American Red Cross, $50,000 to the Salvation Army and $25,000 in Target gift cards to help with community needs.
·         Macy's launched a $1 million drive for the American Red Cross in stores nationwide for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, the retailer will match customer donations on a dollar-for-dollar basis, up to $500,000, in an effort to give more than $1 million.
The Macy's Foundation will match dollar-for-dollar employees' contributions of $25 or more to organizations providing relief assistance and services. To help customers impacted by the hurricane, Macy's will offer a special savings voucher valid for 20% off regular, sale and clearance priced items and 10% off furniture, valid for a six-month period with documentation from FEMA and a photo ID.
·         The Home Depot Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Home Depot, will donate $250,000 to the American Red Cross in addition to the Foundation's annual gift of $500,000, as well as providing 5,000 metal/garden/stone/bow rakes, 5,000 flat/transfer shovels, 15,000 pairs of leather cowhide work gloves to efforts in New York and New Jersey.

The Foundation will also donate $100,000 to Team Rubicon to deploy special teams of U.S. military veterans in local communities in the Northeast. An additional $150,000 will be donated to Operation Homefront's Emergency Relief Fund to provide food, clothing and temporary shelter to service members and their dependents in the affected areas.

A total of $1 million will be made in donations, the remaining $100,000 will be determined as the conditions unfold and damage assessments are made. In addition to financial donations, Team Depot, the associate-led volunteer force, is working with local authorities and nonprofit groups to assess damage and mobilize volunteer teams for cleanup activities.
·         Lowe's will donate $1 million to disaster relief and rebuilding efforts in communities affected by Hurricane Sandy as well as work with its national nonprofit partners to provide immediate and long-term support to local communities across the Northeast.  As part of the $1 million pledge, the retailer will match the earnings of Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson from Sunday’s NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway, with a minimum donation of $250,000 to the American Red Cross. Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports together will donate an additional $48,000 to the Red Cross.

Lowe’s will use the remainder of its $1 million pledge toward local projects in areas of greatest need. Stores throughout the U.S. and will accept donations to the Red Cross to help provide food, shelter and emotional support to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Kohl's, Gap and Limited Brands, the parent company of Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works, have donated $1 million, respectively, to the American Red Cross for immediate assistance. Walgreens and Ross Stores have donated $250,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and are collecting donations in all store locations.  
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