Lowe’s has committed to at least $1 million through cash and product donations in support of disaster relief and recovery efforts following Hurricane Irma. The latest donation brings Lowe’s total contribution to disaster relief this year to more than $2 million following major flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.
Lowe’s is working with nonprofit partners and government agencies to determine immediate and long-term support needed by local communities.
Volunteers from Lowe’s will partner with the First Response Team of America to complete a service project in Florida to help residents clean up. Lowe’s volunteers recently partnered with the First Response Team in Aransas Pass, Rockport and Houston, Texas following Hurricane Harvey.
Customers can donate to American Red Cross disaster relief in any Lowe’s store to support those affected by the storms. Contributions can also be made online through a link on Lowes.com.
Our Emergency Command Center continues to expedite thousands of truckloads of needed clean-up and recovery supplies to Lowe’s stores impacted by the storms, including bottled water, gas cans, chainsaws, water removal equipment, insect repellent, shovels, rakes and other tools.
We have shipped more than 3,700 truckloads of supplies to Lowe’s stores impacted by the storm, and anticipate sending more than 500 truckloads into Florida over the next 48 hours.
Lowe’s employs more than 19,000 people in Florida. Specially trained Lowe’s employees will travel to the hardest-hit locations to provide relief to impacted employees while ensuring stores are ready to serve customers.
Lowe’s is also supporting affected employees through its Employee Relief Fund which provides financial assistance in times of crisis. Lowe’s has doubled its match of employee contributions to the fund following Hurricane Harvey. Since it was established in 1999, the fund has helped approximately 26,000 employees by providing more than $29 million in financial aid.
Thus far, Lowe’s has donated 25,000 buckets of clean up supplies to be distributed in Houston, and Lowe’s Heroes volunteers have helped with hands-on relief efforts in Texas communities affected by the hurricane. Volunteers will provide similar support to recovery efforts for communities impacted by Hurricane Irma in the coming weeks as the needs are identified.