Following Hurricane Dorian, Lowe’s didn’t hesitate to commit $1 million to support disaster relief efforts for communities along the U.S. coast and the Bahamas. But what you may not know is how Lowe’s makes all of its donations come to life in the days and weeks following Dorian. Here’s a look at the specific ways Lowe’s is helping communities recover on a local, national and even international level:
Lowe’s is giving $250,000 of its donation to the American Red Cross, while the other $750,000 will be used to help communities, both in the U.S. and the Bahamas, recover through product donations and work with its nonprofit partners.
Before the storm, Lowe’s shipped truckloads of emergency supplies to coastal communities to ensure customers would have access to products like generators, plywood, gas cans, flashlights and more.
After the storm passed, Lowe’s began working for the first time with the Bahamas Red Cross and local organizations to ship products to the Bahamas, which included cases of water, tarps, generators, batteries and trash bags.
Lowe’s has always been committed to giving back to the communities where its associates live and work. The company shipped buckets filled with relief supplies and Lowe’s associates volunteered to clean up areas along the North Carolina coast in Kill Devil Hills, Frisco and Ocracoke Island.
Never forgetting its own, Lowe’s activated a double-match of its Employee Relief Fund and deployed associates who volunteered to leave their own stores to help in the relief efforts. More than 250 volunteer associates from Charlotte, Atlanta, Columbia, and other locations, traveled to stores in the hardest-hit areas. This allowed associates, who were impacted by the hurricane, time to be with their families and recover from the storm.
And associates from a store in Jensen Beach, Florida even signed a giant thank you card that was shipped back to a distribution center to thank them for their hard work making sure they were supplied with the right products.