GALLAGHER AND BRONSON JOIN SEARS, UNITED WAY OF FLORIDA, K.I.D.S, INC., FOR
HANDS-ON HURRICANE RELIEF
Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher and the state’s Agriculture and
Consumer Services Commissioner Charles Bronson joined Sears, Roebuck and Co.,
United Way of Florida, and Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S) in announcing
that more than $1 million of merchandise and funding will be donated to
individuals, families and communities who were devastated by Hurricane Charley.
“Storm victims need all the
help they can get to start rebuilding their homes and lives,” Gallagher said.
“This incredible donation provides immediate, direct assistance to Florida
Added Bronson: “For the
countless victims of the hurricane who lost their homes and have been able to
salvage few, if any, personal belongings, this contribution will be invaluable.”
The contribution, provided
through the Sears American Dream Campaign, includes:
Sears is providing $225,000
in children’s apparel, Lands’ End is providing $450,000 in men’s and women’s
apparel and Sears stores located in Miami, Orlando and Tampa are providing
$200,000 to go toward relief efforts.
Sears is providing United
Way of Florida with $100,000 worth of gift cards so impacted families can
purchase items needed to rebuild. Families will be identified by United Way
of Florida as part of their disaster response and recovery efforts.
Sears and its vendor-partners are donating
socks, sleepwear and undergarments for impacted residents along with rakes,
shovels and supplies for relief workers valued at $100,000.
Sears associates and retirees are volunteering
in the neighborhoods and assisting in the sorting and distribution of
The Sears American Dream
Campaign is a $100 million community commitment to strengthen families, homes
and communities. For more information visit the Web site at
Other campaign partners include
the United Way of Florida and K.I.D.S., Inc., a national charity that
distributes donated juvenile products, clothes, toys, shoes, beds, books, art
supplies and other children’s products to non-profit agencies.