Toys’R’Us comes to aid of children impacted by Sandy
WAYNE, N.J. — The Toys"R"Us Children’s Fund has pledged a $500,000 donation to Save the Children, a global humanitarian organization, to support its initial work and assessment of needs for children and families in evacuation shelters. These funds will also help the organization distribute much-needed items, including hygiene kits, diapers, and baby wipes.
Toys"R"Us, Inc. customers and employees are being encouraged to donate to the "Hurricane Sandy Children in Emergency Fund" at savethechildren.org. In addition, company employees impacted by Hurricane Sandy are being supported through the Geoffrey Fund, a Toys"R"Us program which offers financial assistance in times of hardship and allows employees to help one another.
With this donation, Toys"R"Us, Inc. and the Toys"R"Us Children’s Fund together have provided product and monetary donations totaling more than $4.2 million specifically to aid in Save the Children’s efforts to help protect children, ensure their safety in shelters and at community recovery sites and support their emotional recovery during times of disaster in the U.S. and abroad.
Lowe’s donates $1M for hurricane relief
MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Lowe’s is donating $1 million to disaster relief and rebuilding efforts in communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. Lowe’s will work with its national nonprofit partners to provide both immediate and long-term support to local communities across the Northeast.
As part of the $1 million pledge and to help raise awareness for hurricane victims, Lowe’s will match the earnings of five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson from Sunday’s NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway, with a minimum donation of $250,000 to the American Red Cross. Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports together will donate an additional $48,000 to the Red Cross. In addition to the Red Cross donation, Lowe’s will use the remainder of its $1 million commitment to fund local projects in areas of greatest need as identified by its national nonprofit partners.
“Our thoughts are with all the families who have been impacted by this historic storm, and we’re focused on working closely with our partners in the days and months ahead to deliver funding, supplies and volunteer support to the hardest-hit areas,” said Robert A. Niblock, Lowe’s chairman, president and CEO. “We’re proud to stand by the Red Cross as they continue to respond to the needs of local communities.”
Starting Nov. 1, Lowe’s stores throughout the United States and Lowes.com also will accept donations to the Red Cross. The donations will help provide food, shelter, emotional support and other assistance to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Team Target adds Canadian talent
Target added to its roster of action sports athletes recently with the signing of Canadian freeskier Rosalind Groenewoud.
According to Target, she is affectionately recognized by many simply as Roz G and is known for her amplitude and large variety of tricks. Widely considered to be one of the most influential halfpipe skiers in the world she joins eight other elite action sports athletes representing Target.
"It is just amazing to be a part of the Target team," said Groenewoud. "I am really lucky to partner with a brand that is so progressive. I also really admire Target’s commitment to giving, especially their focus on supporting schools. Being that I’m working toward my college degree, I appreciate the brand’s commitment to education."
In 2012, Groenewoud was named the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) Women’s Halfpipe World Champion after taking home gold medals at both Winter X Games and X Games Europe. Her score at Winter X Games in Aspen was a 93.66, the highest Women’s Ski Superpipe score in history. Groenewoud also received the AFP Women’s Overall World Champion award in 2010 and 2009.
"What impresses us most about Roz is her thoughtful approach to life as an athlete. She has set lofty goals for herself that reach far beyond the snow, and it’s clear she will be a great representative of Target," said Devin O’Brien, manager of lifestyle marketing at Target. "We’re excited to partner with Roz on her future athletic successes, philanthropic goals and her positive influence on women’s sports."
The British Columbia native joins the brand at a particularly exciting time, with Target stores set to open in Canada for the first time in March, 2013. Established more than 10 years ago, Target’s athlete program works to help differentiate the Target brand. The program supports athletes across a number of disciplines, and includes Shaun White, Paul Rodriguez, Kolohe Andino, Ryan Dungey, Kevin Robinson and Carissa Moore. Groenewoud joins notable Target freeskiers, Simon Dumont and Torin Yater-Wallace.