Retailers and Customers Give Hope in the Wake of Harvey
As Hurricane Harvey touched down on Friday, the retail community in Texas, Louisiana and across the country sprang into action. Some of America’s most recognized brands are helping to answer the call in the wake of disaster — giving back to communities affected by the storm.
“The retail community is consistently on the front lines in providing much needed relief for Americans dealing with disaster,” said Lisa LaBruno, RILA’s Senior Vice President of Retail Operations. “Hurricane Harvey is no exception. Whether it’s providing water, medical supplies, fuel and shelter, retailers are doing everything they can to help communities rebuild in the wake of devastation. We are committed to providing hope to those that need it most.”
Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, with thousands of associates in the areas directly impacted by Harvey. RILA members and local partners have been working around the clock to ensure their employees and customers are out of harm’s way while bringing life-saving supplies to communities in the eye of the storm.
The Texas Retailers Association is helping local authorities in the impacted areas of Houston coordinate relief efforts. Specifically, through the distribution of food and products, and team members on the ground helping with rescue efforts.
Below is a list of retailers that are providing donations, food, shelter, and emergency response to those who need it most. This list is drawn from readily available information. We will keep updating as soon as we learn more.
If you would like to join us in getting involved please consider:
Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a donation.
Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.
National VOAD, an association of organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters, provides a forum promoting cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration; and fosters more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster.
Chico’s FAS is donating $50,000 to the American Red Cross for disaster relief efforts in Texas and throughout the Gulf Coast to aid in vital Red Cross operations like emergency shelters, distribution of much-needed supplies, technical assistance, and mobilization of crisis response teams and volunteers. They will be launching a Chico’s FAS/Red Cross online portal so associates and customers can make online donations towards the relief effort.
CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation are donating $200,000 in cash and in-kind product donations to organizations helping with relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. CVS Health Foundation has donated $50,000 each to the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the American Red Cross, as well as $25,000 to Salvation Army, to aid the greater Houston area in supporting local residents as they begin the recovery and rebuilding process. CVS Health Foundation, will match employee contributions up to $25,000. According to their newsroom “CVS Pharmacy is continuing to identify how Hurricane Harvey has impacted over 200 locations in the greater Houston region. The company’s mobile pharmacies will be moved into the area once it is safe to do so. Customers will be able to visit the trailers to pick up their prescriptions, purchase over-the-counter medications and receive recommended vaccines.”
Dollar General is supporting the American Red Cross with a $50,000 corporate donation to support the relief and recovery efforts in Texas and Louisiana. Now through September 9, 2017, Dollar General stores are also collecting donations to benefit American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief in more than 14,000 locations across the 44 states it serves, and online customers may find a donation link to support the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Harvey relief efforts at www.dollargeneral.com.
Home Depot announced its commitment of $1 million towards disaster relief efforts. The commitment includes contributions to several nonprofit partners that specialize in both short-term relief and rebuilding needs, including American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Convoy of Hope, Operation Blessing and Team Rubicon. The Home Depot will also mobilize its army of Team Depot volunteers to help in the cleanup effort and deliver recovery supplies to the hardest hit areas.
The J. C. Penney Company Fund is donating $25,000 to the American Red Cross. The Company is also in the process of identifying impacted associates who may need assistance from the Golden Rule Relief Fund — a Company-sponsored program that provides aid to associates experiencing financial hardship caused by unforeseen situations, such as natural disasters, house fires or floods.
To help those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and across the Gulf Coast, Kohl’s is giving a $500,000 cash donation toward relief and recovery efforts. Kohl’s is providing this donation to the American Red Cross, which is delivering vital emergency supplies and services in the impacted areas. Kohl’s will also provide an estimated $1 million in financial support to Kohl’s associates who have been significantly impacted by the storm. In addition to financial contributions, Kohl’s is encouraging its associates to volunteer in support of relief efforts through Kohl’s volunteer program.
Lowe’s has donated $500,000 to American Red Cross disaster relief. The donation will help provide “food, emergency shelter, relief supplies and comfort to those affected by disasters like Hurricane Harvey.” Lowe’s national partner First Response Team of America (FRTA) headed to Corpus Christi and will be accompanied by Lowe’s Heroes in Rockport and Houston. According to Lowe’s newsroom, The Heroes will “hand out Lowe’s relief buckets, complete with disaster supplies, to local neighborhoods that were most impacted by Harvey’s wind and rain. The Heroes will clean up debris, cut down fallen trees, patch up roofs and be a helping hand during a time of crisis in Rockport.” Lowe’s has also activated its customer donation program. Customers who would like to help can contribute to the Red Cross Disaster Relief in all 143 Lowe’s stores in Texas or online at Lowes.com.
QVC is matching customer donations to the American Red Cross (up to $100,000) to support relief efforts throughout the Gulf Coast. Additionally, QVC is making a $100,000 corporate donation and matching team member donations up to $50,000. The customer match is being promoted on-air, on-line and through QVC’s social channels and will be effective through September 9.
The Starbucks Foundation has donated $250,000 towards disaster relief efforts. They are also rallying customers who wish to aid in the recovery efforts through in-store donations in any U.S. company-operated to the American Red Cross. Starbucks will also match employee donation requests through the company’s Partner Match program.
Target will donate $500,000 to aid in Harvey recovery relief efforts. The donation will be distributed to local and national disaster relief organizations, including the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and Team Rubicon. Target’s distribution and supply chain teams provided extra products to stores, including batteries, flashlights, cleaning supplies and non-perishable food.
Toys“R”Us has provided Save the Children a $250,000 grant to assist in recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Save the Children is on the ground in Houston shelters with logistics teams working to distribute goods that will help them bear the extreme conditions as a result of mass flooding and evacuations. The funds provided to Save the Children also help ensure that families in need in the Houston area receive essentials such as pack n plays, baby/kids clothing, diapers, wipes, bath items and more.
Walgreens donated $200,000 to the American Red Cross as well as food items, first aid and medical equipment including blood pressure cuffs, glucometer strips, catheters and transport wheelchairs to the American Red Cross emergency shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. They are also working with United Airlines to transport first aid and medical items from Chicago to Houston on a flight with relief supplies. In preparation for Hurricane Harvey, Walgreens staged portable generators throughout southeast Texas and deployed them to a number of stores. Walgreens provided one of those generators to the City of Victoria, Texas to support its city facilities.
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation has donated $1 million towards relief and recovery efforts. As part of this commitment, “Walmart is working closely with organizations like the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and Convoy of Hope while coordinating efforts with elected officials and governmental entities to help meet the needs of those affected.” Additionally, Walmart and Sam’s Club stores across the country are providing life-saving supplies like fuel, water and emergency merchandise to areas most affected by the storm.
To support relief efforts, Amazon and Whole Foods Market will match cash donations made via Amazon — up to $1 million total — to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief.