RILA's Retailers & Customers Give Hope in the Wake of Natural Disasters
As communities along the coast prepare for storm season and its aftermath, retailers understand that as employers and pillars in the community, they have an important role to play in both disaster preparedness and recovery, and to ensure people have the support and resources they need to weather the storm. 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 storms.
"America's retailers are facing Hurricane Florence head on. The industry is preparing to help those impacted with much needed supplies and stand ready to provide assistance with clean up and rebuilding," said Lisa LaBruno, RILA's Senior Vice President of Retail Operations. "Retailers are often the front line of relief for those in need. Whether it's providing water, fuel, shelter, or life-saving medicine, retailers are doing everything they can to help their associates, customers and the communities they serve rise up after the storm."
Retail is the nation's largest private sector employer, with thousands of associates in the areas directly impacted by dangerous storms. RILA members and local partners, including state retail associations, 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.
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 REDCROSS 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.
Good360’s mission is to transform lives by providing hope, dignity, and a sense of renewed possibility to individuals, families, and communities impacted by disasters or other challenging life circumstances who, without us, would struggle to find that hope. As the global leader in product philanthropy and purposeful giving, we partner with socially responsible companies to source highly needed goods and distribute them through our network of diverse nonprofits that support people in need. Good360 has distributed more than $9 billion in donated goods around the world, helping its network of more than 57,000 prequalified nonprofits strengthen communities and improve the lives of millions. Good360 is proud to partner with corporate donors such as Walmart, UPS, CVS Health Foundation, Nike, IKEA, Sears, Home Depot, Grainger, 3M, Mattel, Crayola, Gap, Inc., ANN INC., Williams-Sonoma, and Hilton.
How Our Members are Giving Back
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