MOORESVILLE, N.C.-- In wake of the recent severe weather spanning from Alabama to Virginia, which has caused hundreds of fatalities and overwhelming destruction, Lowe's announced this week it will donate an additional $500,000 to the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund. On April 19, Lowe's donated $250,000 to the American Red Cross in honor of the employees at the damaged Lowe's store in Sanford, N.C., and to aid in disaster relief nationwide. Lowe's has now contributed a total of $750,000 to the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund.
Lowe's stores nationwide will continue to accept customer donations to the American Red Cross through May 22. Lowes.com also will serve as a donation point for customers who wish to contribute to the American Red Cross, making it convenient for people who want to join Lowe's in making a difference in communities affected by disaster.
"Hundreds have lost their lives and thousands have lost their homes and are displaced due to the severe storms across the Southeast," said Robert A. Niblock, Lowe's chairman and CEO. "Because of the widespread devastation, Lowe's is committed to helping our customers, employees and the family and friends of those affected."
The Home Depot Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Home Depot, also announced it has created a $1 million weather impact fund to aid relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts in response to the recent storms throughout the Southeast and Midwest United States, and in expectation of continuing violent storms throughout the spring season.
As a part of this commitment, The Home Depot Foundation is donating $250,000 to the American Red Cross for immediate relief needs in response to yesterday's tornadoes and storms that caused serious damage through the Southeast. Throughout the month, the Foundation has been responding with donations to nonprofits that are assisting communities affected by recent severe weather in St. Louis, southern Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa. Future funding will be deployed to local stores, communities and nonprofits as needed.
"This spring has seen an extraordinary spate of storms and tornadoes that have devastated many parts of the country, and at this early stage of the season, it's likely to be one of the worst springs in history in terms of storm damage and destruction. We are a part of these communities and it is our responsibility to help - not only with the needs today, but as these communities start rebuilding," said Frank Blake, chairman and CEO of The Home Depot.