$45,000 Raised for Oso Mudslide Relief

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Haggen Raises $45,000 for Red Cross for Oso Mudslide Relief and Other Disaster Relief Efforts

Grocery store chain receives Community Partner Award from the Red Cross for its support

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — May 22, 2014 — Haggen, one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading grocery chains, helped to raise more than $45,000 to the Red Cross in response to the Oso Mudslide this spring. In March, Haggen donated a percentage of sales from several stores to the non-profit. From March 24 through April 22, all Haggen and TOP stores collected donations from their guests for the Red Cross.

Additionally, immediately following the disaster, three Haggen stores coordinated donations from its vendor partners of food, water and other provisions. These emergency supplies were provided to local Red Cross shelters and numerous other Oso Mudslide support groups, plus the volunteers working to clean up. The company also donated the use of one of its refrigerator trailers, which was parked at the Oso firehouse and used to store perishable donations.

“In the days following the Oso Mudslide, we were overwhelmed with the desire to help our neighbors in the community impacted by the disaster. Our customers shared our desire to help,” said Clement Stevens, Senior Vice President of Merchandising at Haggen, Inc. “The $45,000 we raised together through our donations and our guests’ donations shows how communities respond and unite in times of great need. This gift to the American Red Cross is a reflection of our customers’ generosity and compassion.”

The Mt. Baker Chapter of the Red Cross recently recognized Haggen with a Community Partner Award, not only for its response to the mudslide but for additional fundraising support.

On March 21, the Haggen store in Barkley Village hosted and sponsored the Red Cross’ Fill the ERV campaign to stock an emergency response vehicle with disaster relief supplies. Haggen donated 1% of their store sales for the day, contributing $1500 of the $15,000 total raised during the event. The landslide occurred on March 22, the day after that fundraiser.

“After the fundraising event, I was surprised and honored to receive a call from Haggen letting me know that they had started fundraising at all of their stores for the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund in support of the landslide, and that they would continue the campaign for a month,” said Stacy Rice, executive director of the Mt. Baker Chapter of the Red Cross, who organized the Fill the ERV campaign. “It’s truly incredible what we can do when we work together for a greater cause. We are grateful for the support of Haggen’s employees and customers.”

To learn more about the Red Cross and its relief fund, visit http://www.redcross.org/wa/everett.

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