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Lowe's and our employees have partnered with the American Red Cross to provide vital assistance in the aftermath of various types of disaster. Few urban disaster relief operations in recent years have required as large a response as the earthquake that struck Haiti just a few days into 2010. Lowe's answered the call for assistance the very next day, announcing a $1 million donation to support the American Red Cross' commitment to help Haiti recover and rebuild.

The magnitude-7.0 quake killed more than 250,000 people and left an estimated 1.5 million homeless. The families and friends of many of our customers and employees were among the millions affected. In response, Lowe's again partnered with our customers to lend a hand. All Lowe's stores in the United States and Canada served as official donation centers for the American Red Cross. Our customers and employees donated more than $630,000 to aid efforts in Haiti.

Yet much work remains in Haiti, and Lowe's remains committed to working with the Red Cross and other organizations to help our international neighbors recover.

Closer to home, Lowe's responded to several major disasters across the United States in 2010. In May, we contributed $50,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to help flood and tornado victims in 12 states, including Tennessee and Kentucky. In addition, more than 600 Lowe's stores served as official customer donation sites, raising nearly $25,000 to help affected families from Mississippi to Ohio. Lowe's employees fanned out across the region to distribute bottled water and cleanup supplies to recovering residents, and Lowe's worked with other companies to further support the Red Cross' efforts. "Werner is following Lowe's lead," said Bill Allen, president and CEO of Werner Co., in announcing a $10,000 donation to the Red Cross.

Lowe's stores quickly mobilize to help Red Cross chapters respond to local disasters. In July, Lowe's of Pikeville, Ky., opened a $5,000 store account to enable the Red Cross to purchase cleanup supplies to distribute to flood victims in eastern Kentucky. The Red Cross picked up shovels, rakes, trash bags and hand sanitizer to deliver to residents in Pike County, which was declared a federal disaster area after homes and businesses were flooded following heavy rains.

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