Sears, Roebuck and Co. (NYSE: S) today presented the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund with a $10,000 donation to aid in relief efforts following the devastating tornado that swept through the Granite Falls area Tuesday evening.
"Sears is proud to play a leadership role in disaster relief activities nationally and in local communities like Granite Falls," said Sandy Whitehouse, Sears district manager. "Responding to community needs is a priority for us. It's our chance to demonstrate our support for families in our community."
"The American Red Cross is grateful for the continued leadership of Sears," said Dr. John Clizbe, American Red Cross vice president of disaster services. "Because we respond to more than 64,000 disasters each year, the support from Sears is essential in helping us fulfilling our mission that we'll be there to help."
The American Red Cross is dedicated to helping make families and communities safer at home and around the world. A volunteer-led humanitarian service organization operating on a budget of $2.3 billion, the American Red Cross annually mobilizes relief to the victims of more than 60,000 disasters nationwide and has been the primary supplier of lifesaving blood and blood products in the United States for more than 50 years. The Red Cross also trains more than 11.7 million people in vital lifesaving skills, provides direct health services to 2.5 million people, assists international disaster and conflict victims in more than 20 countries, and transmits more than 1.4 million emergency messages to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Dr. Bernadine Healy is president and CEO of the American Red Cross.
Sears is a national sponsor of the American Red Cross, donating $1 million over five years to disaster relief services throughout the nation. Last year, Sears and its associates, along with The Sears-Roebuck Foundation, contributed nearly $30 million in funding and merchandise to a variety of family-focused health, human service, environment and civic organizations nationwide. In addition, Sears associates, along with their family members, provided more than 250,000 hours of volunteer services to community activities across the country.
Sears, Roebuck and Co. is a leading U.S. retailer of apparel, home and automotive products and services, with annual revenue of nearly $41 billion. The company serves families throughout the country through approximately 860 full-line department stores, more than 2100 specialized retail locations, and a variety of online offerings accessible through the company's Web site, http://www.sears.com/ .
SOURCE: Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Contact: Bob Wery of Sears, Roebuck and Co., 847-286-0568, or Jessica
Miller of the American Red Cross, 312-729-6204