"A CALL TO SERVE” – LOWE’S 2013 SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY REPORT

Thank You From Red Cross

“Hi, I’m Gail McGovern, and I have the privilege to be the president and CEO of the American Red Cross. I’m so very grateful for the opportunity to say thank you to our wonderful partner Lowe’s, and I also want to express my deepest appreciation as Lowe’s hits an amazing philanthropic milestone – $25 million in financial support of the mission of the American Red Cross.

Lowe’s is just one of a few donors to reach this tremendous level of giving, and we work so well with Lowe’s because our goals are aligned. Lowe’s and the Red Cross make sure families have what they need to rebuild their lives after disaster strikes.

Lowe’s was one of the first companies to join the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program, or ADGP. In our ADGP program, organizations make annual donations and this makes it possible for us to respond immediately to help people who are impacted by disaster anywhere in the country.

Lowe’s is such a remarkable partner to the Red Cross in so many ways – blood donations, volunteer time and $25 million in support of our humanitarian mission. To everyone at Lowe’s who contributed to help reach this incredible milestone, I offer you my heartfelt appreciation and gratitude.
– Gail McGovern, president and CEO of American Red Cross

Time and again, Lowe’s customers and employees generously open their hearts and their wallets, and also give their time to help people in need.

Over the past year, Lowe’s was with the Red Cross after the floods in the Midwest and the deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma. And when Superstorm Sandy struck, Lowe’s immediately stepped forward with a generous gift. They launched a customer donation program, and Lowe’s employees rushed in to help with the relief efforts.

Like the Red Cross, Lowe’s knows how important it is for communities to be prepared before disaster strikes. Working with us, Lowe’s gave information to their customers in storm-prone areas about how to be prepared for a hurricane. And this is exactly the type of preparedness education that helps save lives and strengthen communities.

Sadly, disaster hit close to home for Lowe’s a few years ago in Sanford, North Carolina, when in a matter of minutes a tornado destroyed the store there. All of the customers inside the store were safe because Lowe’s team acted quickly and moved them to a safe location. The Red Cross was there when Lowe’s reopened in Sanford, and that store stands today as a symbol of resiliency.

I also want to thank Lowe’s employees and customers for donating lifesaving blood to the Red Cross. Lowe’s is consistently among the top 10 companies for blood donations to the Red Cross with more than 6,000 units of blood collected at hundreds of blood drives across the country every year. Each donation can help save up to three lives, so your support and generosity go even further.

Another way Lowe’s has made a big difference over the years is with NASCAR Team 48. We’re always proud of Jimmie Johnson and the great Lowe’s team both on track and off track, but we really get excited when we see our Red Cross logo alongside Lowe’s as part of the Lowe’s Racing for Relief program. The program has raised awareness and support for the Red Cross.

Lowe’s is such a remarkable partner to the Red Cross in so many ways – blood donations, volunteer time and $25 million in support of our humanitarian mission. To everyone at Lowe’s who contributed to help reach this incredible milestone, I offer you my heartfelt appreciation and gratitude. Your generosity helps the Red Cross provide comfort and care to those suffering from disasters each and every day. Thank you.”