DEERFIELD, Ill., May 2, 2011 - Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (NASDAQ: WAG) is donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross in response to the deadly storms and tornadoes that recently hit the Southeast. Assistance will help meet the immediate needs of individuals and families in affected communities.
In addition, Walgreens is providing non-perishable food, medical supplies and water directly to local shelters and first responders in Alabama and Georgia. Cleaning supplies and three truckloads of water have also been donated. With nearly 300 Walgreens locations serving communities across these states, local team members have offered their support with cleanup and recovery efforts.
“As so many try to pull together to recover after these devastating storms and tornadoes, we want to offer any assistance we can to our friends, customers and communities to help them get back on their feet,” said Chuck Greener, Walgreens vice president of corporate affairs and communications. “Our thoughts are with those affected by this tragedy, and we are in contact with groups on the ground to help provide critical supplies to those most in need.”
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) is the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2010 sales of $67 billion. The company operates 7,697 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each day, Walgreens provides nearly 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. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.