Lowe's Home Improvement
Since 2001, Lowe's stores have supported the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Shamrocks Against Dystrophy campaign, an annual initiative to battle neuromuscular diseases. Lowe’s expanded the program to our Canadian stores in 2009 through Muscular Dystrophy Canada's Buck for Luck campaign, and this year we brought the campaign to our distribution centers and corporate offices.

Together, our North American customers and employees raised nearly $5.4 million, a record for retailers supporting the shamrocks campaign. We broke our own single-retailer fundraising record of $4.3 million set during the 2009 campaign, and Lowe’s also became the largest shamrocks retailer in the 27-year history of this annual St. Patrick’s Day-themed program that involves thousands of restaurants and stores nationwide. Lowe's and our customers have raised nearly $14 million since the program began.

The money raised through Lowe's campaigns has funded clinic visits, the purchase of medical equipment and more than 2,800 hours of research. The contribution also has helped send more than 17,000 children with neuromuscular diseases to barrier-free MDA summer camps in the United States.

Lowe's employees' enthusiastic support for the MDA campaigns has increased fundraising year after year, building on the $53,000 raised during our first year participating. From dedicated cashiers who promote the program to the teams that donate as a group project, our employees bring out the best in each other to make things better for those in our local communities with physical challenges. There are friendly competitions among Lowe's operating regions, and each facility gets creative to drive shamrock sales in its own unique way. All of the funds raised in each community benefit the local MDA chapter.

Updated Aug. 16, 2010