Walgreens, American Red Cross raise more than $4 million for Superstorm Sandy victims

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and the American Red Cross on Thursday announced that more than $4 million was raised by Walgreens and Duane Reade customers nationwide for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund since Nov. 5. 

“Hurricane Sandy resulted in so many people with needs," stated Mark Wagner, Walgreens president of operations and community management. "We’re very proud of the support Walgreens and Duane Reade customers showed and how that support will help those in need work through the many hardships they face."

“This is one of the biggest Red Cross relief operations in the past five years, and we are so grateful for the generosity of Walgreens and its customers in support of our work,” commented Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the Red Cross. “Sandy has impacted millions of people and the Red Cross will continue to help for weeks to come as families get back on their feet.”

Walgreens implemented the fundraising program in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy striking the East Coast. The fundraising initiative was in addition to Walgreens' earlier $250,000 contribution to the American Red Cross.