Sears Stores Collect $1 Million for Relief Efforts

Customers, Employees Donate to American Red Cross at Sears Stores In Days Following National Tragedy

Responding to calls for donations to relief efforts in New York City and Washington, D.C., Sears customers and employees have given $1 million to the American Red Cross to date. Sears plans to accept contributions at its stores through October 11.

These donations are in addition to the $1 million corporate contribution Sears pledged last week.

On Wednesday, September 12, Sears began accepting donations by cash, Sears Gift Cards, checks or Sears Cards at cash registers at all Sears full-line stores, Sears hardware stores, Orchard Supply Hardware stores, Sears Dealer stores, Sears Outlet Stores, The Great Indoors and other Sears facilities, or through .

Sears Mobilizes Resources

Sears has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise to assist the emergency response workers at ground zero, some of it contributed directly by Sears stores along the East Coast. Donated merchandise includes steel-toed work boots, work gloves, flashlights with replacement batteries, respirator masks, respirators with replacement filers, pairs of goggles and five-gallon buckets.

Sears Puerto Rico and Canada

Sears customers and employees in Puerto Rico immediately rallied to support relief efforts, starting a special campaign, "To be Puerto Rican means to give from the heart," to raise funds for the relief efforts. In addition to placing newspaper ads promoting the campaign, Sears stores are working with their local communities by collecting donations from customers and employees. They expect to raise approximately $300,000.

Across the northern border, Sears stores in Canada have placed newspaper and radio ads encouraging Canadians to donate to the Red Cross at Sears Canada and Eatons stores. Sears Canada has pledged to match these donations up to their goal of $200,000.

Sears, Roebuck and Co. is a leading retailer of apparel, home and automotive products and services, with annual revenue of more than $40 billion. The company serves families in the U.S. through Sears Stores nationwide, including approximately 860 full-line stores. Sears, Roebuck and Co. is the majority owner of Sears Canada Inc.


SOURCE: Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Contact: Peggy Palter of Sears, Roebuck and Co., +1-847-286-8361



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