TUCSON, Ariz., Feb. 21, 2013 — Lowe’s is continuing its support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Shamrocks program. Lowe’s started selling Shamrocks in February at its regional distribution centers, offices and more than 1,700 stores throughout the United States. The campaign will continue through March 31.
The home improvement retailer — with help from its employees and loyal customers — is attempting to raise millions to assist MDA in providing critical services programs and accessible summer camp experiences for individuals and families affected by neuromuscular diseases across the country.
Lowe’s teamed up with MDA in 2001 for its Shamrocks program in a number of states and became an MDA national sponsor in 2007. Lowe’s and its customers raised more than $7.7 million in 2012, setting a record for retailers supporting the Shamrocks campaign. To date, Lowe’s has raised nearly $30 million for MDA.
Lowe’s customers can purchase and sign $1 green, $5 gold and $20 platinum Shamrocks mobiles. Many Lowe’s employees decorate their store walls or create and assemble displays with Shamrocks to spotlight customers’ support of MDA.
“Thanks to the hard work of Lowe’s employees and their loyal customers, MDA families have benefited greatly through the years,” said Kevin Moran, MDA executive vice president and chief business development officer. "We’re honored to work with Lowe’s to offer help and hope to those we serve through the simple, yet meaningful, act of buying a Shamrock.”
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 our 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 by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.
In addition to funding more than 250 research projects worldwide, MDA maintains a national network of 200 medical clinics; facilitates hundreds of support groups for families affected by neuromuscular diseases; and provides local summer camp opportunities for thousands of youngsters living with progressive muscle diseases.