TUCSON, Ariz., May 2, 2013 — Shamrocks popped up at Lowe’s stores across the country this spring as Lowe’s and its customers raised $8.8 million during the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s seven-week Shamrocks campaign.
Shamrocks sales at Lowe’s stores, regional distribution centers and corporate offices assist MDA in providing critical service programs and helps send thousands of children with neuromuscular diseases to nearly 80 MDA summer camp sessions throughout the U.S.
“Without the giving spirit of our customers, the success of the campaign wouldn’t be possible,” said Joan Higginbotham, Lowe’s director of community relations.“Thank you to everyone who participated, including our dedicated employees who help make the campaign a success.”
Lowe’s and its customers have raised more than $38 million for MDA since 2001. In addition to their fundraising efforts, Lowe’s employees volunteer at MDA summer camps and other events throughout the year.
“Lowe’s has been a remarkable partner in our Shamrocks campaign,” said MDA President and CEO Steven M. Derks. “We thank all the hardworking employees and generous customers who continue to help families affected by muscle disease.”
Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®, has donated more than $34 million to 7,500 K-12 public schools, benefiting more than 4 million schoolchildren. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and its national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together and the American Red Cross. In 2012, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $30 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases today affecting more than 1 million Americans. It does so by funding research, providing comprehensive health care and support services, and through advocacy and education.
In addition to funding more than 250 research projects worldwide, MDA maintains a national network of 200 medical clinics; facilitates support groups for families affected by neuromuscular diseases; and provides local summer camp opportunities for thousands of youngsters with progressive muscle diseases.