Retailers announce relief efforts to help those affected by Washington landslide

NEW YORK — Looking to help those victims, families and communities affected by the devastating landslide that occurred in late March in Oso, Wash., several industry players have announced relief efforts.

Among the retailers stepping up to the plate is Seattle-based Bartell Drugs. In conjunction with the Salvation Army, Bartell Drugs has announced that it is accepting donations to support ongoing relief efforts for those affected by the mudslide in Snohomish County.

Bartell Drugs, which owns and operates 63 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, has pledged $10,000 to match customer contributions with a donation to Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services.

“When tragedies like this occur, the Salvation Army’s staff and volunteers are focused on the needs of individuals, families and first-responders,” stated Bartell Drugs chairman and CEO George Bartell. “Donations by our customers, along with our company’s matching pledge, will be committed to on-the-ground recovery efforts in Oso and surrounding communities.”

In addition, the Rite Aid Foundation is making a $15,000 donation to the Snohomish County chapter of the American Red Cross.

"Our hearts go out to the victims, families and communities affected by the landslide," stated Ken Martindale, Rite Aid president and COO and president of the Rite Aid Foundation. "As rescue efforts continue and rebuilding begins, it's important that the people of Oso and the neighboring areas know they aren't alone during their time of need. We hope that our donation can help make it just a little easier for those who have been impacted the most."

Rite Aid operates 17 stores in Snohomish County and an additional 121 across Washington.

Walgreens has stated that it will make a $25,000 contribution to the American Red Cross Oso Mudslide Relief Fund.  In addition, during the next two weeks customers shopping at any Walgreens store in Washington, Oregon, Montana and Northern Idaho will have the opportunity to make donations to the relief fund in increments of $1, $5 or $10.

“Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Oso who suffered such devastating losses and to the emergency personnel who responded to this disaster and continue to aid in recovery efforts” stated Sue Bandurraga, Walgreens market VP for Seattle and surrounding communities.  “We are happy to make our stores throughout the region available to our generous customers who wish to make a contribution for our neighbors in Snohomish County.”

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