In the aftermath of Sandy, the American Red Cross sheltered more than 7,000 people on Wednesday night, in 115 Red Cross shelters in 9 states. In order to support Red Cross disaster relief efforts, Dollar General has once again launched their in-store customer donation program throughout 10,000 locations across the country for the next 7 days.
“Historically Dollar General has been a wonderful partner to the American Red Cross and has shown their support by donating over $2 million since Hurricane Katrina in 2005,” said Joel Sullivan, Regional CEO. “We encourage other corporate partners to step up and join the Red Cross as we work to assist our neighbors affected by disasters across the street and across the country.”
In addition to the customer donation program, Dollar General is also providing support through a generous corporate donation of $50,000 for Red Cross disaster relief.
“We believe it is essential to do what we can to support the Red Cross disaster relief efforts.” said Rick Dreiling, Chairman and CEO of Dollar General Corporation. “At Dollar General our mission is to Serve Others, so we’re doing everything we can to keep our stores open in the areas hardest hit by the storm, we’re giving our customers an opportunity to help, and we’re making our own corporate donation to the Red Cross.”
Red Cross has deployed 3,311 disaster workers to the region from all over the country to help those affected by the storm. As many as 231 emergency vehicles have been activated, and more than 230,000 ready-to-eat meals have been sent into the area with 164,690 meals and snacks served already.
TENNESSEE VOLUNTEER REGION RESPONSE
Currently the local Red Cross has already deployed 37 volunteers and 5 Emergency Response Vehicles from Nashville, Clarksville, Warren County, Jackson and Memphis to various locations throughout the Northeast. More Red Cross workers are expected to deploy to help with relief efforts over the next few days once it is safe to travel to affected areas.
About the American Red Cross:
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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.