WOONSOCKET, R.I., Aug. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and CVS/pharmacy today announced a donation of more than $20,000 in support of communities that have been affected by Hurricane Isaac. The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust has donated $15,000 to the American Red Cross to support relief and recovery efforts. CVS/pharmacy is also providing nearly 1,000 much-needed first aid kits and nearly $5,000 in additional financial support to Red Cross shelters across Louisiana and Mississippi.
Almost all CVS/pharmacy stores in Louisiana and Mississippi are now open. Only six stores are currently closed and they will reopen as soon as safely possible. To find a nearby CVS/pharmacy, call 1-800-SHOP-CVS or visit the store locator at http://www.cvs.com/ or m.cvs.com.
"Hurricane Isaac has impacted many of the communities we serve in Louisiana and Mississippi," said Eileen Howard Boone, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Community Relations for CVS Caremark. "We are committed to supporting relief efforts in these communities and we hope our customers and colleagues in affected areas can safely return home soon."
The Company is also supporting its employees who have been affected by the hurricane through the CVS Caremark Employee Relief Fund. Launched in 2011, the Employee Relief Fund provides short-term, immediate financial relief to employees who've suffered significant hardship as a result of a natural disaster, family death, medical emergency or other unforeseen events.
CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), is America's leading retail pharmacy with more than 7,300 CVS/pharmacy and Longs Drug stores. CVS/pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS/pharmacy and CVS Caremark is available at info.cvscaremark.com.
About the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust
The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, Inc. is a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS). CVS Caremark is the largest pharmacy health care provider in the nation. The Trust's mission is to provide funding for health care, education and community involvement initiatives in CVS Caremark communities. General information about CVS Caremark is available through the Investor Relations portion of the Company's Web site at http://investor.cvs.com/, or through the Web site's press room at www.cvs.com/pressroom.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org/.
Emily Koruda, for CVS/pharmacy
SOURCE CVS Caremark