GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (BUSINESS WIRE), November 18, 2013 - In response to recent tornadoes and inclement weather across the Midwest, Dollar General (NYSE: DG) is donating $50,000 to the American Red Cross to support relief efforts and will also collect monetary donations at its more than 11,000 retail locations to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
“Our thoughts go out to all those affected from yesterday’s inclement weather,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “In keeping with Dollar General’s mission of Serving Others, we proudly support the efforts of the American Red Cross and are committed to helping the Midwest communities rebuild and recover.”
This gift will enable the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to these disasters. On Sunday evening, 12 Red Cross shelters were open in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Workers are also providing help to people in Kentucky and Michigan whose homes were affected.
As roads reopen, Red Cross emergency vehicles will hand out meals, snacks and relief supplies in affected communities. Emergency aid stations are open in some areas where people can get food and snacks, mental health and health care services, and information about what help is available. Damage assessment teams are also helping to determine the full scope of the destruction left behind by the tornadoes. This has been a deadly and devastating storm, and Red Cross disaster mental health workers are available to help people cope with the aftermath. Health workers are also available to help people replace things like lost medications and eyeglasses.
“The Red Cross is on the ground providing critical support to those affected by the Midwest tornadoes,” said Neal Litvack, chief development officer at the American Red Cross. “Thanks to the help of donors, such as Dollar General, we’re able to respond to the needs of tornado survivors in a moment’s notice.”
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Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for nearly 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With more than 11,000 stores in 40 states, Dollar General has more retail locations than any retailer in America. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America's most-trusted manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg's, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com.
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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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.