GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 6, 2005--Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) today announced a $300,000 pledge to help tsunami victims in South Asia recover from one of the biggest natural disasters in modern history.
Dollar General pledged the funds to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF (the United Nations Children's Fund), which is appealing for aid on behalf of the tsunami's youngest victims. UNICEF estimates that 1.5 million children have been affected in South Asia, many of which have been orphaned or separated from their families and are in critical need of basic care and support.
"This disaster's toll on human life has touched and moved many people in our company," said David Perdue, Dollar General CEO. "As global citizens, we feel compelled to help these children."
The company is also encouraging its employees and others to make donations to the relief effort. A special link from Dollar General's Web site has been created for this purpose.
"We are grateful that Dollar General has stepped up and responded to our appeal for aid," said Charles J. Lyons, president of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. "Dollar General's donation will help UNICEF increase children's chances of survival throughout South Asia."
In helping young victims, UNICEF is focusing on making accessible clean water, adequate sanitation, basic nutrition, and routine medical care. In addition, UNICEF is making priorities of uniting displaced children with their families, protecting them from exploitation, and training teachers and counselors to address the effects of trauma on youth.
Founded in 1946, UNICEF helps save, protect and improve the lives of children around the world through immunization, education, health care, nutrition, clean water, and sanitation. UNICEF is non-partisan and its cooperation is free of discrimination. In everything it does, the most disadvantaged children and the countries in greatest need have priority. To make a donation or learn more about UNICEF please call 1-800-4UNICEF or go to www.unicefusa.org.
About Dollar General
Dollar General is a Fortune 500 discount retailer with 7,321 neighborhood stores as of December 31, 2004. Dollar General stores offer convenience and value to customers by offering consumable basic items that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids and cleaning supplies, as well as a selection of basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at everyday low prices. The company has a longstanding tradition of supporting literacy and education in the U.S. To date, the company's literacy program has helped 50,000 people learn to read. For more information about Dollar General, go to www.dollargeneral.com.
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