Walgreens Donates $100,000 to New York and New Jersey Hurricane Relief Funds
DEERFIELD, Ill. -- December 20, 2012
Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) today announced $100,000 in additional
donations to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. The company, which includes Duane
Reade drugstores in New York and New Jersey, is making two $50,000
contributions, one to the Empire State Relief Fund announced by New York
Governor Andrew Cuomo, and the other to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief
Fund established by Governor Chris Christie.
The Empire State Relief Fund distributes financial aid in the hardest hit
areas across New York State, specifically directed at costs associated with
providing long-term housing and rebuilding homes.The Hurricane Sandy New
Jersey Relief Fund is providing aid to families who have been affected by the
destruction of the storm.
"With this generous donation, Walgreensis continuing theirwork,
alongsidedozens of other major businesses and organizations, in supporting
communities hit hard by Hurricane Sandy andproviding much-needed financial
support to helpwith the rebuilding and recovery efforts,” Governor Cuomo
said. “In addition to their financial donations,Walgreens and Duane
Readeworked hard in the storm's aftermathto reopen pharmacies to ensure
patients and customers had access to the medicine they needed, and I commend
them for their continued support and generosity."
New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie, chair of that state’s Sandy relief
fund, said, "Hurricane Sandy destroyed homes and devastated communities across
New Jersey. With generous corporate partners like Walgreens, we will be able
to help communities rebuild, and provide for families, businesses and
non-profits that need the most help. We thank Walgreens for its generous
support of our Relief Fund."
Today’s donations follow Walgreens earlier $250,000 donation to the American
Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Walgreens and Duane Reade drugstores also
raised more than $5 million in customer donations for the American Red Cross.
In addition, Walgreens donated several semi-trailer truckloads of blankets,
bottled water and other goods to people in need immediately after the storm.
Greg Wasson, president and CEO of Walgreens, said, “The leadership of Governor
Christie and Governor Cuomo was extremely valuable as we worked with state and
local emergency response authorities. I’m also very proud of our Walgreens and
Duane Reade team members who worked so tirelessly to maintain services and
provide medicine to patients and customers.”
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
Walgreen Co. Corporate Communications
Jim Graham, (847) 315-2925
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