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Rite Aid Foundation pledges $50,000 to Red Cross’ Japan earthquake fund

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid’s philanthropic arm is donating to relief efforts in Japan.

The Rite Aid Foundation announced Wednesday that it was donating $50,000 to the American Red Cross’ Japan earthquake fund.

“Our hearts go out to the victims, families and communities affected by this devastating tragedy,” Rite Aid Foundation president Mary Sammons said. “We are proud to partner with the American Red Cross and assist them in their mission of helping the people of Japan in their time of need.”

An earthquake measuring approximately 9.0 on the Richter scale struck northeastern Japan near the city of Sendai on Friday. The earthquake, together with the tsunami it triggered, are estimated to have killed up to 4,000 people and left half a million homeless.

In addition, workers continued struggling Wednesday to cool the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to prevent a possible meltdown in what many are calling the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

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Kellogg’s announces $500K donation to Japan relief efforts

BY Allison Cerra

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Kellogg’s announced its donation to the American Red Cross to support disaster relief efforts in Japan.

The funds, which total $500,000, include equal amounts of cash and product, and are designated to support the efforts of the Japanese Red Cross Society. The cash donation is being made by Kellogg’s Corporate Citizenship Fund.

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Walmart pledges $5 million toward Japanese earthquake relief

BY DSN STAFF

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart announced that it is committing $5 million in cash and in-kind donations for emergency relief efforts in response to Japan’s recent earthquake and resulting tsunami.

Additionally, Walmart operations around the world are planning to implement or already have implemented fundraising drives among associates and customers to provide additional relief funds for the victims.

"With the impact of this earthquake on our own communities, customers, associates and suppliers, we wanted to reach out with assistance as soon as possible," said Scott Price, EVP, president and CEO of Walmart Asia. Price added that Walmart also was mounting a full-scale operation to get additional relief supplies to Japan. The supplies include 95 tons of water and acrylic blankets, tents, warm clothes, fleece, portable toilets, flashlights, batteries and other necessary relief items.

"Our operations in Japan are actively engaged in providing assistance on the ground, and we’re continuing to monitor the situation and look for additional ways that we can help with the relief efforts," added Toru Noda, president and CEO of Walmart Japan. He added that since the disaster struck, Walmart associates were working around the clock to keep supply going to the Seiyu stores in Japan that had become a lifeline for local communities.

Walmart fully acquired Seiyu in 2008. Currently there are 35,892 associates, 371 Seiyu stores and 43 Wakana deli stores in Japan. There are 24 Seiyu stores and 1,877 associates in the Sendai area.

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