Lowe’s stores across the Midwest are serving as official cash donation sites for the United Way 2008 Midwest Flood Recovery Fund to support long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts to areas devastated by the recent floods. Through July 21, 2008, Lowe’s will match in-store customer donations up to a total of $100,000. Donations to the fund will help the Red Cross provide immediate needs such as food and shelter and longer term recovery efforts of local United Ways . (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20031205/LOWLOGO )
“Lowe’s is a long-time, valued and committed partner of the United Way . Their support is essential in our ability to respond to disasters such as the storms and floods in the Midwest,” said Mary Kay Leonard, Group Vice President of Investor Relations at United Way of America . “Money raised through the Lowe’s customer donation program will help local United Ways throughout the affected states with rebuilding projects ranging from ensuring quality education to improving access to health care.” Participating Lowe’s stores include those in Illinois , Indiana , Iowa , Kansas , Missouri , Michigan , Nebraska , South Dakota , and Wisconsin . “Home and family are an individual’s most important assets, and Lowe’s is dedicated to assisting families affected by the flood during this difficult time,” said Larry D. Stone, chairman of the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. “The Lowe’s customer donation program will help United Way provide both immediate and long-term relief to get communities back on their feet after a disaster.” Lowe’s stores have worked with the United Way for more than 20 years on a variety of projects including disaster relief, product donation and donations to the annual campaign. In 2007, Lowe’s supported the United Way with more than $1.4 million in contributions.
About Lowe’s: Lowe’s is a proud supporter of United Way of America , Habitat for Humanity International, American Red Cross, and the Home Safety Council, in addition to numerous non-profit organizations and programs that help communities across the country. In 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $27.5 million to support community and education projects in the United States and Canada . Lowe’s also encourages volunteerism through the Lowe’s Heroes program, a company-wide employee volunteer initiative. Lowe’s is a FORTUNE(R: 71.53, -0.84, -1.16%) 50 company with fiscal year 2007 sales of $48.3 billion and has more than 1,550 stores in the United States and Canada . For more information, visit Lowes.com/community . About United Way: United Way is a global network, including nearly 1,300 local organizations in the U.S. that advance the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building blocks of education, income and health. The United Way movement creates long lasting community change by addressing the underlying causes of problems that prevent progress in these areas. Live United is a call to action for everyone to become part of the change. For more information about United Way , please visit: LiveUnited.org . Source Lowe’s Companies, Inc. http://www.lowes.com