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Home Depot Foundation increases disaster relief

The foundation has added another $1 million in aid after Hurricane Michael.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael, The Home Depot Foundation said it has increased its financial support to $4 million for associates, customers and communities impacted by storm and other recent disasters.

Last month the foundation increased its pledge for disaster relief to $3 million following Hurricane Florence.

“Our thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted by Hurricane Michael,” says Shannon Gerber, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation. “We’re currently working closely with our nonprofit partners to assess the impact of this unprecedented storm to determine how we can best help the community recover immediately and over the coming weeks and months.”

The latest move by The Home Depot Foundation adds to funding provided to nonprofit partners for other disasters throughout 2018, Florence, Hurricane Olivia, the California wildfires and flooding in the Midwest. The Foundation will continue to serve those impacted in these areas, while broadening support to include the Gulf Coast region.

Earlier this year, The Home Depot Foundation provided more than half a million dollars to Operation Blessing and Convoy of Hope to stock their warehouses for the 2018 disaster season.

The warehouses in Florida were activated earlier this week to prepare for Hurricane Michael’s landfall. In spring 2018, the Foundation also granted $2 million dollars to Team Rubicon and American Red Cross to fund their disaster relief and recovery efforts.

The Homer Fund, the company’s employee assistance program, is also providing emergency financial assistance to associates who have been affected by the latest tragedy.

To foundation said those who want to donate to American Red Cross for those impacted by recent storms can visit bit.ly/THDgive.

Lowe’s, which had thousands of employees impacted by Florence, also recently increased its funding for disaster relief to $4 million following the impact of Michael.

 

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