Target donates to flood-relief efforts in Colorado
MINNEAPOLIS — Target is donating $25,000 for relief efforts in Colorado following devastating floods there, the mass merchandise retailer said Thursday. The donation includes $20,000 for the American Red Cross and $5,000 in food, water and baby items.
According to media reports, about half a dozen people are confirmed dead and 200 are unaccounted for amid floods caused by what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration called once-in-a-millennium rainfall. Property losses are estimated at nearly $2 billion.
"As our communities in Colorado begin to recover from these massive floods, our team stands shoulder to shoulder with our neighbors in the area," Target chairman, president and CEO Gregg Steinhafel said. "To aid local recovery responses, we will donate product and funds and make sure our stores closest to the disaster area are able to offer needed supplies."
Bi-Lo introduces Community Donation Program benefitting Susan G. Komen
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Bi-Lo stores on Thursday joined the fight against the estimated 232,000 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed this year with the launch of Bi-Lo’s Community Donation Program benefitting Susan G. Komen in all of its stores. From now through Oct. 22, Bi-Lo encourages customers to donate at any store register.
“Bi-Lo recognizes the important role that we and our loyal customers can play in making better, stronger communities for everyone,” stated Melissa Adams, Bi-Lo Holdings manager of charitable giving. “The partnership with Komen affords us the opportunity to support families in our communities who have been affected by breast cancer, as well as the opportunity to educate and raise awareness of this prevalent disease that affects so many of our neighbors.”
“We are pleased to again have the support of BI-LO and BI-LO customers this fall" added Chandini Portteus, chief mission officer at Komen. "These funds will have a direct impact in the lives of women and men facing breast cancer — our friends, family and neighbors — throughout the southeastern United States."
FDA, NIH establish tobacco-research centers
SILVER SPRING, Md. — A new research institution set up by the federal government will conduct tobacco-related research around the country using more than $50 million from the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health.
The FDA and NIH announced Thursday the creation of 14 Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science, which will receive up to $53 million in fiscal year 2013 to conduct the research. The centers, called TCORS, are designed to generate research to inform the regulation of tobacco products to protect public health, under coordination from the NIH’s Office of Disease Prevention and administration by the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
"For the first time, under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, the federal government, through the FDA Center for Tobacco Products, is able to bring science-based regulation to the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of tobacco products," FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg said. "The FDA is committed to a science-based approach that addresses the complex public health issues raised by tobacco product regulation."
TCORS will include scientists with expertise in epidemiology, behavior, biology, medicine, economics, chemistry, toxicology, addictions, public health, communications and marketing.