Disaster preparedness plans include compassion
Target was among the major U.S. companies who were quick to step up after the wave of tornadoes brought unprecedented death and destruction to communities throughout the Southeast. Target donated $200,000 in cash to the American Red Cross to support tornado relief efforts and made an additional donation valued at more than $75,000 that included product and relief kits, which contained hygiene and food items for distribution in the hardest-hit areas.
“When disaster strikes, Target listens and acts quickly to donate time, money and essentials to help support the needs of our communities,” said Gregg Steinhafel, Target chairman, president and CEO. “Our thoughts are with the residents of these communities and we hope our donation will aid in the recovery.”
All Target stores in affected areas remained opened, and the company allocated additional food, water and other disaster relief supplies to the stores. On Saturday afternoon, Target team members and other volunteers helped distribute 5,000 relief kits between two Target locations in the Alabama cities of Tuscaloosa and Bessemer.
Sam’s Club to offer skin health screenings
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club is offering skin health screenings to customers on May 14 as part of Skin Cancer Awareness Month.
Sam’s Club shoppers will offer skin assessments, which will be conducted by U.S. Wellness, to both members and non-members. U.S. Wellness will conduct DermaScan skin tests, which use Type A ultraviolet light to show sun damage that is invisible to the naked human eye. The retailer added that it will offer free DermaScan skin tests to the first 100 participants who sign up in each club.
"May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and according to the American Cancer Society, 1-in-5 Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of their lifetime," said Jill Turner-Mitchael, Sam’s Club health-and-wellness SVP. "Sam’s Club hopes to promote early detection and prevention of skin cancer. By offering free skin health screenings in our pharmacy areas, we can help educate how important it is to protect your skin."
For more information, times and locations of health screenings at participating Sam’s Club locations, members can visit SamsClub.com/healthyliving.
Target ‘chills out’ with EPA group
Target is the newest member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill organization. The decision to join the group comes as Target has been expanding the frozen and refrigerated capacity in its stores at a breakneck pace as part of the PFresh remodeling program. Greenchill is an EPA partnership with food retailers to help them reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change. GreenChill works to help food retailers transition to environmentally-friendlier refrigerants, lower refrigerant charge sizes, eliminate leaks and adopt green refrigeration technologies, strategies and practices.
The decision was announced with a fair amount of fanfare at a Target store in Hudson, Wis., where Target uses some of the most advanced refrigeration technologies.
“The GreenChill program is a great example of what can happen when businesses and the public sector work together to reduce the impact on our environment,” Ron Kind, a Democratic congressman from Wisconsin said at the event. “These are important steps in making real progress toward conserving energy and I’m pleased to see these solution-driven initiatives working in our own backyard.”
Keilly Whitman, EPA’s program manager for GreenChill added, “GreenChill is very proud to welcome Target as its latest and largest food retail partner. As Target expands its fresh food assortment throughout the nation, excellent refrigeration management will become more and more important for the company’s environmental responsibility goals. Target’s partnership with GreenChill is a commitment to the public that the company is protecting the environment during its expansion.”