RILA's Retailers & Customers Give Hope in the Wake of Harvey And irma
As Hurricane Harvey touched down a few weeks ago, the retail community in Texas, Louisiana, and across the country sprang into action. Now, retailers across the state of Florida are mobilizing as residents deal with the fallout from Irma. 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. "These hurricanes are 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 and Irma. 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 and Florida Retailers Association are helping the impacted areas of Houston and Florida to coordinate relief 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.
How Our Members are Giving Back
Chico's FAS has donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross for disaster relief efforts from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma 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. The company has also launched its Chico's FAS/Red Cross online portal so associates and customers can make online donations towards the relief effort. https://www.redcross.org/donate/cm/chicosfas-pub Customers may also donate to the American Red Cross at all Chico's, White House Black Market and Soma boutique locations.
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.
DICK’S Sporting Goods along with The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation today announced a $5.5 million commitment to support communities impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. DICK’S is donating $3.5 million worth of clothing and footwear to those in need through its partnership with The American Red Cross and is also helping to minimize the risk of lost wages and assisting Associates with getting back on their feet. Additionally, DICK’S and The DICK’S Foundation will donate $2 million to rebuild and refurbish youth sports programs and facilities across the Gulf Coast, Florida and other states impacted by the Hurricanes. As part of this commitment, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation has established a $1 million Sports Matter relief fund on DonorsChoose.org, in which eligible schools will be able to receive up to $25,000 in funding for their sports programs. An additional $1 million from DICK’S Community Marketing efforts will provide support to impacted community youth sports leagues, teams and organizations as they begin to rebuild.
Together, Gap Inc. and Gap Foundation have committed $1 million to address immediate needs and ongoing recovery efforts. The donation includes a cash grant from Gap Foundation, product donations from Gap Inc. brands towards critical clothing needs identified by on-the-ground relief organizations, and employee-matched donations. A first shipment of donated product – including essential items such as socks, underwear and tee-shirts for adults and children -- was sent from the company's distribution center in Gallatin, Tennessee on Friday, September 1. So far, Gap Inc. employees have raised over $50,000 in employee-matched funds for relief efforts.
As The Home Depot’s associates in its stores and Disaster Response Command Center work to support communities ravaged by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, The Home Depot Foundation has increased its financial commitment to $2 million for non-profit organizations that will lend a helping hand in many important ways. The funding will target relief efforts provided by a host of organizations such as American Red Cross, Convoy of Hope, Operation Blessing, Rebuilding Together and Team Rubicon. Team Depot – the company’s associate volunteer force – will also serve side-by-side with partners on cleanup and rebuilding projects. Meanwhile, The Homer Fund team has been staffing the Command Center to provide urgent emergency financial assistance to associates in need through The Home Depot’s employee assistance program.
The J. C. Penney Company Fund is donating $100,00 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. The JCPenney Home Office is hosting a Hurricane Harvey Angel Adoption program that enables associates to buy school uniforms, socks and underwear for 500 Houston-area students who recently enrolled in the Dallas Independent School District. Additionally, they are collecting twin blankets, sheets, towels, and wash cloths that associates will be distributing to area shelters. A blood drive at the Home Office with Carter BloodCare is planned for Tuesday, September 5. Approximately 3,000 JCPenney associates have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The J. C. Penney Company Fund has committed to a $500,000 grant to the Golden Rule Relief Fund, and over the past few days, JCP associates have contributed an additional $25,000 to assist their fellow associates. Six of JCP South Texas stores are distribution points for allocating over $250,000 worth of supplies such as bottled water, non-perishable food items, toiletries, trash bags and more to associates affected by Hurricane Harvey.
In the wake of Hurricane Irma, Kohl’s announced an additional $1 million cash donation to provide support in the relief and recovery efforts from the storms that continue to devastate communities in the Southeastern United States. In total, this brings Kohl’s donation to the American Red Cross, which is delivering vital emergency supplies and services in the impacted areas, to $2 million. Kohl’s will also continue to provide financial assistance to associates who have been directly and significantly impacted by the storms. 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.
The Levi Strauss Foundation made immediate donations to the Red Cross of Greater Houston and the Coalition for the Homeless in Houston totaling $35,000 and will continue to assess what additional resources are needed for the most vulnerable communities in the coming weeks and months. Additionally, all employee donations are being matched 2:1 from the foundation. The company is making product donations of socks and underwear to address immediate needs. To aid in resettlement efforts, Levi's is planning to make another round of product donations of denim jeans and jackets in 3-6 months.
Lowe’s announced a commitment of at least $1 million to support disaster relief and recovery efforts through cash and product donations as Hurricane Irma struck communities in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. The latest donation brings Lowe’s total contribution to disaster relief this year to more than $2 million following the major flooding and damage caused by 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.
Meijer annually contributes hundreds of thousands of dollars to aid the American Red Cross in its disaster relief efforts. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, they have increased overall donations and are also working with Texas-based retailer H-E-B to provide essential items such as water, bleach, flashlights and hand sanitizer.
The NIKE Foundation is supporting Hurricane Harvey disaster relief through a $250,000 donation divided between two organizations: the Greater Houston Community Foundation, which focuses on immediate relief through a fund established by Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy Harvey Recovery Fund that will focus on medium to long-term needs. In addition, Nike will match donations by our employees dollar-for-dollar.
PetSmart Charities is tripling its initial commitment of $1 million to $3 million in grants to support animal welfare organizations working on the front lines to help pets and pet parents in need in the wake of Harvey and Irma. In addition to providing funds, and continuing to assess the funding needs going forward, PetSmart Charities is coordinating deliveries of pet food and supplies to organizations working in the trenches. The nonprofit will have delivered more than 110,000 pounds, or 55 tons, of pet food donated through PetSmart's philanthropic Buy A Bag, Give A Meal program and coordinated at least 10 truckloads of pet supplies, including crates, collars, leashes and pet beds and kitty litter to the affected areas. If you would like to support PetSmart Charities' emergency relief efforts, like those underway in Texas and Florida, please consider making a donation at the PIN pads located at the cash registers of every PetSmart store or online at www.petsmartcharities.org/donate.
Publix Super Markets Charities is donating in total $1.25 million to the American Red Cross and United Way for relief efforts for areas affected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Publix also established a program to offer its customers and associates a way to directly assist those areas affected. Customers may donate any amount by adding it to their grocery totals when checking out at Publix registers. Collected money will be channeled through the American Red Cross and designated specifically for disaster relief in support of their efforts to help people affected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.
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 is committing an additional $3 million 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. Target is also committing up to $1 million in cash and in-kind donations to help with Irma recovery efforts. This donation will benefit Target team members, as well as national, local and international relief organizations including: Up to $500,000 for the American Red Cross, including $250,000 in cash and in-kind product donations, and up to $250,000 to match guests' donations to the Red Cross. $100,000 for Habitat for Humanity to help rebuild homes across the southeast.
$300,000 to national local relief organizations, including The Salvation Army, for supplies and essentials like water, food and baby products. $50,000 each to UNICEF and Save The Children to help international communities.
Toys"R"Us has provided Save the Children a $250,000 grant to assist in recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and Irma. 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. Toys”R”Us is partnering with Good360 to provide more than $1 million in products that are essential for disaster recovery - such as diapers, wipes, baby/kids clothing, pack and plays and bath items within the affected region over the course of the next year. Good360 is a leader in disaster recovery – sourcing items that are needed during long rebuilding periods. The Geoffrey Fund, which is sourced solely through donations by Toys“R”Us employees, will provide emergency financial assistance for team members who have been affected by these storms. Over the past few years, the Fund has provided extensive support to families affected by natural disasters. Toys“R”Us, Inc. and Save the Children, the leading nonprofit working to ensure every U.S. child is healthy, safe and learning, have partnered for more than a decade to bring awareness to the cause, with Toys"R"Us also providing more than $10 million in product and monetary donations to the organization. The partnership is designed to help Save the Children's efforts to help protect children, ensure their safety in shelters and at community recovery sites, and support their emotional recovery during times of natural disasters. In 2017 alone, Toys“R”Us donated $1 million dollars to Save the Children aiding communities in their times of need, including those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.
Walgreens donated $200,000 to the American Red Cross and has set up pharmacy services at the American Red Cross emergency shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston to assist with prescription needs and donated food items, first aid and medical equipment including blood pressure cuffs, glucometer strips, catheters and transport wheelchairs. 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.
There are about 450 locations open in southeast Texas and Louisiana, with about 50 currently closed. Customers can visit Walgreens.com for updates on store locations. Walgreens customers throughout the country have donated $5 million in stores to the American Red Cross relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey.
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation has committed up to $30 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.