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Hurricane Sandy and friends of friends

BY Rob Eder

It’s been several weeks now since Hurricane Sandy, virtually erased neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island and New Jersey. For those of us who live and grew up here, the stories of loss and devastation are all around us. 


As many as 100 Rockaway boys from Xavier High School — my alma mater — lost their homes and everything in them. 


It’s times like these when you really understand what it means to be a part of this great city and its indomitable spirit.


You can see it playing out all across the city as strangers pour out to help in relief efforts. It is kind of remarkable, really, how in times like these, everyone’s circles seem to expand a little bit; your friends’ friends become your friends, too. 


The efforts of our industry have been truly amazing. At press time, our coverage of Hurricane Sandy relief was the No. 3 most highly viewed story on DrugStoreNews.com for the week of Nov. 12.


That’s why I wanted to share a special letter to the editor we received via DrugStoreNews.com. Jamee Schleifer is a teacher at Public School 253, which is located in Brighton Beach, one of many areas in Brooklyn that was hit hard by Sandy. Schleifer wanted to do something for the moms of PS 253, and she saw one need that wasn’t being addressed. So she began collecting makeup. “I am reaching out to pharmacies and cosmetics companies who can offer immediate help,” Schleifer wrote to DSN. “I believe, ‘look good, feel good,’” she said.


Schleifer’s goal is to create 800 “beauty kits” for the children of PS 253 to bring home to their moms.


Our goal at DSN is to help connect good people — most often for business, but also because in this industry, we have so many opportunities to do good while doing good business. This is one of those times.


If you’re a retailer or an executive at a beauty company and you’d like to help, contact me at [email protected], or you can contact Jamee directly at [email protected]


Rob Eder is the editor in chief of The Drug Store News Group, publishers of Drug Store News, DSN Collaborative Care, and Specialty Pharmacy magazines. You can contact him at [email protected].

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J.SCHLEIFER says:
Nov-21-2012 10:06 am

Thanks to Rob for this great article. I'm sort of disappointed I haven't heard from ANYONE concerning this much needed project. I'm hoping for some of the folks out there to step up and help. Look Good...Feel Good is something the folks here are in business for. I will keep my fingers crossed. Sincerely, Jamee Schleifer

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Abernathy will remain with K-C through 2013 to oversee the European strategic changes announced last month in K-C’s earnings call. Abernathy and Hsu will report to chairman and CEO Thomas Falk.

"We have a great team in place to continue our growth momentum across our consumer categories and drive our business plan strategies across the globe," Falk stated. "Robert leaves a strong legacy in our personal care and family care businesses in North America and Europe. Michael brings proven strategic, operational and innovation experience to build upon our strong consumer business. I’m thrilled to have someone with Mike’s track record of delivering results and deep consumer products background join our team."

Hsu joins K-C from Kraft Foods, where he most recently served as EVP and chief commercial officer. In his four-year tenure at Kraft, he also served as president of their grocery business unit and president of sales, customer marketing and logistics. Prior to joining Kraft, he spent six years in senior executive positions at H.J. Heinz. He also had a 10-year career as a consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton, rising from associate to partner.

Abernathy joined Kimberly-Clark in 1982 as a research scientist and later held management positions in the company’s diaper and tissue operations. He served in plant manager positions at Beech Island, S.C., and Jenks, Okla., before being named VP diaper operations in 1992. He was elected managing director for Kimberly-Clark Australia the following year. In 1996, he was elected group president of Kimberly-Clark, appointed group president of business-to-business in 1998, named president of developing and emerging markets in 2004 and named group president of North Atlantic consumer products in 2008.

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MinuteClinic, UT Medicine San Antonio form clinical affiliation

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"We are very excited to be partnering with MinuteClinic. It is recognized that ready access to quality care and preventive services are essential for the wellbeing of our community. Our association brings those key elements of the MinuteClinic concept together with our expertise in comprehensive primary care and in the full spectrum of medical and surgical specialties," stated Carlos Rosende, executive director of UT Medicine and vice dean for clinical affairs at the School of Medicine. "Our collaboration will extend superb medical care to a greater segment of our population."

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