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The Home Depot Foundation Supports Recovery Efforts after Hurricane Sandy
The Home Depot Foundation has announced a donation of $1 million to support the relief, recovery and reconstruction efforts following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. A substantial part of the donation has been disbursed immediately to three key organizations involved in the rehabilitation efforts, including the Red Cross, Team Rubicon, and Operation Homefront.
The American Red Cross has received $250,000 towards immediate disaster relief supplies and activities. Red Cross has received 15,000 pairs of leather cowhide work gloves, 5,000 flat or transfer shovels, and 5,000 metal, garden, stone and bow rakes as a part of its requested items for cleanup operations in New York and New Jersey. The amount of $250,000 is over and above the Foundation's annual commitment of $0.5 million to the disaster giving program of the Red Cross.
Team Rubicon has received $100,000 to deployed special teams of U.S. military veterans with unique skills to support the affected communities in the Northeast. Operation Homefront has received $150,000 towards its Emergency Relief Fund that provides food, clothing and temporary shelter to service members and their dependents in the affected regions.
Kelly Caffarelli, president, The Home Depot Foundation, said: "Our hearts go out to the communities, families and our own associates who are dealing with the effects of Superstorm Sandy. We pledge to be there for the long haul as communities begin recovering and rebuilding. We will use the knowledge and expertise we have gained from responding to other large scale disasters to deploy our funds and volunteers with maximum impact. As part of our focus to ensure that every veteran has a safe place to call home, we will search out opportunities to help veterans whose homes have been impacted by the storm."
The Foundation will disburse the remaining committed funds based on how the situation continues to unfold on the ground and damages are assessed further. Apart from the financial donation, the Home Depot's associate-led volunteer effort called Team Depot is engaging with nonprofits and local authorities to estimate damage and mobilize teams of volunteers for cleanup activities.
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