As Houston and areas of Southeastern Texas deal with record rainfall and flooding from Hurricane Harvey, several retailers are stepping up efforts to help residents in the area recover from the storm.
Walmart, Target, HEB, Kroger, The Home Depot, Lowe’s and Dollar General are among the retailers that as of Tuesday, August 29, have committed several million dollars to a variety of organizations helping residents impacted by Harvey.
- Target said it will donate $500,000 to the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and Team Rubicon.
- Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are offering cash and product donations of at least $1 million to organizations including the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and Convoy of Hope.
- Supermarket chain HEB, which is based in Southern Texas, is donating $100,000 and has launched a tear pad campaign allowing customers to choose to donate in the dollar amount of their choice.
- The Kroger Co. is donating $100,000 to the Houston Food Bank, America’s largest food bank serving 600 hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties.
- The Home Depot Foundation is donating $1 million to support several organizations including the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Convoy of Hope, Operation Blessing and Team Rubicon.
- Lowe’s is donating $500,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief fund.
- Dollar General is donating $50,000 to the American Red Cross.
In addition, several retailers said that as of Tuesday morning, numerous locations in Southeast Texas and Southern Louisiana were closed as a result of the torrential rain and flooding. Walmart said more than 100 stores were closed in the two states, Target had 31 stores closed in Texas while Lowe’s said that 27 of its stores were shut.
HEB, which operates numerous stores in the region hardest hit by Harvey, is also operating mobile kitchens and disaster relief units in communities along the Texas Gulf Coast.