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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Disaster relief

Posted by: Hammer / 11:24 AM

CNN reports on store closings due to Hurricane Katrina:

Wal-Mart said Tuesday that it closed more than 120 stores due to Hurricane Katrina while the world's largest retailer and some of its biggest rivals donated money and supplies to residents in affected areas along the Gulf Coast states.

Wal-Mart Stores said it would donate $1 million to the Salvation Army for relief assistance such as meals for victims and emergency and rescue personnel.

...Lowe's, the No. 2 home improvement chain after Home Depot, said it was accepting cash donations at stores nationwide to benefit the American Red Cross disaster relief fund. Additionally, the retailer said it would match in-store customer contributions up to $1 million.

...Office supply chain Office Depot pledged to contribute $1 million to the American Red Cross.

...Beverage company Anheuser-Busch said it had shipped 12,600 cases of drinking water to the Red Cross to be distributed to victims in affected areas of Louisiana.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised that Wal-Mart would favor the Salvation Army over the Red Cross. Wal-Mart has an ongoing relationship (sorry, ugly link, not much I can do about it right now) with the Salvation Army. The SA has faced protests because it wants to discriminate against homosexuals and receive federal funding. Memo, then, to all the gay men and women standing in line for a bottle of Sam's Club water: it's okay to offer a supportive, platonic hug, but be sure not to hold hands.

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