Technology Meets Philanthropy: Electronic Donations at Checkout by Walgreens Customers for Fundraising Programs Bring more than

  Technology Meets Philanthropy: Electronic Donations at Checkout by Walgreens
  Customers for Fundraising Programs Bring more than $17 Million to Charities

Significant donations during two-month period underscore customer support for
   disease prevention, education and improved access to health and wellness
                          programs in the community

Business Wire

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- December 12, 2012

In a show of support for disease prevention, education and improved access to
health and wellness programs in communities across the country, Walgreens
(NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) customers have raised more than $17 million in just
two months thanks to the ability to make electronic donations at checkout for
charities focused on cancer, diabetes and disaster relief in the aftermath of
Hurricane Sandy. National charities benefiting from these fundraising programs
include Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, American Diabetes Association (ADA) and
American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

In October, Walgreens and Duane Reade locations began offering electronic
donations at checkout for the first time as a convenient option allowing
customers to participate in a more private way. Customers made contributions
at any of the more than 8,000 Walgreens and Duane Reade locations across the
country by adding the donation in increments of $1, $2, $5 or $10 to their
purchase amount. In the past, team members asked customers if they wanted to
donate.

“In this season of giving, we want to thank and recognize our customers for
their continued generosity and support for organizations focused on helping
those facing chronic health conditions or natural disasters,” said Mark
Wagner, Walgreens president of operations and community management. “Walgreens
is a trusted resource for health and daily living needs, and we are always
looking for ways to make health care and healthy living easier and more
accessible. Through technology and philanthropy, we are working together with
our customers to help make a meaningful difference.”

Walgreens has a long history of giving back to the communities it serves to
help people get, stay and live well. Last year, the drugstore chain announced
its Way to Well Commitment™, a four-year, $100 million health initiative aimed
at disease prevention and improving everyday health through education and
early detection of today’s leading diseases. As part of this effort, Walgreens
is working with the nation’s top health organizations, including the American
Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, ADA
and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to improve the lives of those
impacted by these diseases.

For more information about the Way to Well Commitment™, visit
walgreens.com/waytowell.

About Walgreens

As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2012 sales of $72 billion,
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) vision is to become America’s first choice for
health and daily living. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 6 million
customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and
services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services
and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services
includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along
with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower
costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health
systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates
8,057 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and
most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and
in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the
country.

Contact:

Walgreen Co. Corporate Communications
Vivika Panagiotakakos, (847) 315-2923
http://news.walgreens.com
www.twitter.com/WalgreensNews
 
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