The Home Depot Foundation Commits $1 Million to the Immediate Relief and Long-term Rebuilding Efforts in the Wake of Superstorm

The Home Depot Foundation Commits $1 Million to the Immediate Relief and 
Long-term Rebuilding Efforts in the Wake of Superstorm Sandy 
Team Depot Assessing Community Damage; Planning Community Clean Up and 
Rebuilding Projects 
ATLANTA, Nov. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - The Home Depot® Foundation, the philanthropic 
arm of The Home Depot®, today announced it will donate $1 million to the 
immediate relief, recovery and long-term rebuilding efforts in the Northeast 
in the wake of the widespread damage by Superstorm Sandy.  Donations are 
immediately being issued to the Red Cross, Team Rubicon, and Operation 

    --  American Red Cross - $250,000 for immediate disaster relief
        supplies and activities. This donation is in addition to the
        Foundation's annual gift of $500,000 to the Red Cross' disaster
        giving program, bringing the company's total 2012 commitment to
        $750,000. As part of this effort, The Home Depot is today
        providing the Red Cross with the following requested items for
        cleanup activities in New York and New Jersey:
        o 5,000 metal/garden/stone/bow rakes
        o 5,000 flat/transfer shovels
        o 15,000 pairs of leather cowhide work gloves
    --  Team Rubicon - $100,000 to deploy special teams of U.S.
        military veterans to local communities in the Northeast. Team
        Rubicon trains and mobilizes veterans who have unique skills
        and deploys them in times of crisis. Teams are already on the
        ground in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
    --  Operation Homefront - $150,000 for Operation Homefront's
        Emergency Relief Fund that provides food, clothing and
        temporary shelter to service members and their dependents in in
        the affected areas.

The distribution of the remainder of the funds will be determined as events 
continue to unfold on the ground and damage assessments are made.

"Our hearts go out to the communities, families and our own associates who are 
dealing with the effects of Superstorm Sandy," said Kelly Caffarelli, 
president, The Home Depot Foundation.  "We pledge to be there for the long 
haul as communities begin recovering and rebuilding. We will use the knowledge 
and expertise we have gained from responding to other large scale disasters to 
deploy our funds and volunteers with maximum impact.  As part of our focus to 
ensure that every veteran has a safe place to call home, we will search out 
opportunities to help veterans whose homes have been impacted by the storm."

In addition to financial donations, Team Depot, the company's associate-led 
volunteer force, is busy working with local authorities and nonprofit groups 
to assess damage and mobilize volunteer teams for cleanup activities.  For 
Home Depot associates affected by the storm and experiencing unexpected 
financial difficulties as a result, The Homer Fund, a nonprofit charity funded 
by the company's associates to provide emergency financial assistance to 
associates, has mobilized to help them and ensure their needs are met.

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About The Home Depot Foundation

In 2011, The Home Depot Foundation focused its financial and volunteer 
resources to help nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the homes of 
economically disadvantaged veterans.  To date, the Foundation has committed 
$80 million to these efforts.  Through Team Depot, the company's associate-led 
volunteer program, thousands of Home Depot associates volunteer their time and 
talents to positively transform neighborhoods and perform basic repairs and 
modifications to homes and facilities serving veterans with critical housing 
needs.  Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted 
more than $300 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in 
local communities.

To learn more and see our associates in action, visit, follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn, and like us 
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Paula Drake, The Home Depot, Director, Corporate Communications, 
+1-770-384-3439,, Catherine Woodling, The Home Depot 
Foundation, Manager, PR & Communications,+1-770-384-2304,

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