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Lowe’s to Donate $500,000 to American Red Cross to Help Communities Affected by Hurricane Sandy



  Lowe’s to Donate $500,000 to American Red Cross to Help Communities Affected
  by Hurricane Sandy

  – Lowe’s matches Jimmie Johnson’s winnings, accepts Red Cross donations at
                            stores and Lowes.com –

 – Lowe’s working with national nonprofit partners to distribute remainder of
                             $1 million pledge –

Business Wire

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- November 06, 2012

Lowe’s announced today it will donate $500,000 to support American Red Cross
relief efforts in response to Hurricane Sandy. As part of Lowe’s $1 million
commitment to assist hurricane victims, last week Lowe’s pledged to match the
earnings of five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson from Sunday’s NASCAR
race at Texas Motor Speedway. Johnson earned $492,086 for winning the race.
Lowe’s rounded up that amount to donate $500,000 to the American Red Cross
through the Lowe’s Racing for Relief program.

Lowe's pledges donations in advance of disasters and also provides the support
of Lowe's Heroes to h ...

Lowe's pledges donations in advance of disasters and also provides the support
of Lowe's Heroes to help the American Red Cross respond immediately in local
communities.

Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports together will donate an additional $48,000 to
the Red Cross. The Lowe’s and Team 48 donations will help provide food,
shelter, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by Hurricane
Sandy. In addition, Lowe’s stores throughout the United States are accepting
donations to the Red Cross at every register. Donors also can contribute at
Lowes.com.

“The Red Cross has been on the ground providing aid and comfort to hundreds of
thousands of people since Sandy’s arrival last week,” said Joan Higginbotham,
Lowe’s director of community relations. “As a longstanding partner, we’re
grateful for their leadership and will continue to support their efforts to
get help quickly to those in need.”

Lowe’s will use the remaining $500,000 from its $1 million commitment to
provide both immediate and long-term support to local communities across the
Northeast. Lowe’s will fund projects in areas with the greatest need as
identified by its national nonprofit partners.

As a member of the Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program, Lowe’s pledges
donations on an ongoing basis in advance of disasters to help ensure the Red
Cross can take immediate action. Lowe’s partners with Team 48 to provide
additional support through the Lowe’s Racing for Relief program. With today’s
$500,000 donation, Lowe’s Racing for Relief has raised more than $1.25 million
to help the Red Cross assist communities in need. Since the beginning of its
Hurricane Sandy operations, the Red Cross has served more than 1 million meals
and provided more than 92,000 overnight shelter stays in New York, New Jersey,
Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, West Virginia and Ohio.

Individuals can team with Lowe’s and the American Red Cross to help provide
assistance by donating at their local Lowe’s store. Donations also can be made
at Lowe’s American Red Cross Online Donation Site, or by texting REDCROSS to
90999 or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Since partnering with the
Red Cross in 1999, Lowe’s and its customers have contributed nearly $24
million for disaster relief.

In addition to Racing for Relief and Lowe’s customer donation program, Lowe’s
Heroes employee volunteers will continue to assist hurricane victims by
delivering critically needed relief supplies and support to local communities
and by partnering with The First Response Team of America. Lowe’s also has
teamed with Procter & Gamble to host the Tide^® Loads of Hope and Duracell^®
Power Forward trucks to provide free laundry services, batteries and charging
stations for local families affected by the disaster.

ABOUT LOWE’S:

Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12
public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature
education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education^®, has donated nearly $5
million in grants to K-12 public schools every year since its inception in
2006. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects
and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity and the
American Red Cross. In 2011, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational
Foundation together contributed more than $32 million to support communities
in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit
Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.

ABOUT AMERICAN RED CROSS:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to
victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches
skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports
military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit
organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American
public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org
or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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Contact:

Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
Julie Yenichek, 704-758-4364
julie.v.yenichek@lowes.com
or
Steve Salazar, 704-758-4345
steve.j.salazar@lowes.com
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