Walgreens sending aid to devastated Hurricane Sandy Survivors

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(Best Syndication News) - Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) announced that they have sent trailers to help aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Additionally, the company will be donating $250,000 to the Red Cross and is taking donations for the charity at all of their stores.

Last Wednesday, Walgreens delivered four semi-trailer truckloads of bottled water, blankets, and more to help aid the people affected by Hurricane Sandy. Three of the truckloads were delivered to the American Red Cross, and one truckload was delivered to the City of New York. The company announced that two more truckloads are also on their way with more aid. Walgreens has donated merchandise, and they have worked with the local community to conduct a food drive.

Walgreens announced last week a commitment to donate $250,000 to the Red Cross. They are also asking customers at all of their stores (including Duane Reade stores) to make donations during checkout in amounts of $1, $2, $5, or $10 increments. The money will be donated to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Walgreens has reopened most of their stores after the storm surge closed them; however, 13 store locations remain closed because of substantial damage.

Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with the National Urban League will be making a detour this week to deliver blankets, water, and other services to the hard hit areas of New York. On Wednesday the bus will make stops at Walgreens and Duane Read store locations in Rockaway. The bus may also stop in Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Walgreens is working to set up four temporary pharmacies for locations that suffered serious damage from the storm. Walgreen’s pharmacists are also assisting New York City and Hoboken residents locate medicine that they may need.

By: Dave Reddy

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