Local Red Cross Accepts Their Largest Donation for Haiti Relief


Media Center: Press Release:  Local Red Cross Accepts Their Largest Donation for Haiti Relief
Raley's Employees and Customers Give Over $149,000

 MEDIA CONTACT: Sacramento Sierra Chapter of the American Red Cross, Trista Jensen, 916.993.7084


SACRAMENTO, March 9, 2010 - The Sacramento Sierra Chapter of the American Red Cross accepted their largest check for the Haiti Relief and Development Fund on Tuesday, March 9 from Raley’s President & CEO, Michael Teel. 

From January 16 through February 13, all 134 Raley’s, Bel Air, Nob Hill Foods and Food Source stores featured donation boxes for Haitian earthquake relief at their check stands, which brought in more than $149,000.

“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of so many Raley’s customers and employees,” said Teel. “It’s a true testament to our community’s giving spirit – we knew many people wanted to aid relief efforts in Haiti, and by converting our Food For Families collection boxes so 100% of donations benefit the American Red Cross, we received a tremendous response.”

“I applaud the initiative that Raley’s has taken in responding to the devastation and destruction in Haiti by spearheading a month-long collection to support the Red Cross relief efforts,” shared CEO of the Sacramento Sierra Chapter, Dawn Lindblom. Sample supplies similar to those being distributed in Haiti by the Red Cross were on display during the presentation. Items included blankets, a tarp, a kitchen set, a water bucket and hygiene items.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org.

Photo Caption: Check presentation at the Raley’s in Elk Grove on 4900 Elk Grove Blvd., pictured in the front row from left to right:

  • David Fluitt, Raley’s Pharmacy Supervisor and Haitian Aid Mission volunteer
  • Dawn Lindblom, American Red Cross Sacramento Sierra Chapter CEO 
  • Michael Teel, Raley’s President & CEO 
  • Steve Turner, American Red Cross Sacramento Sierra Chapter Board Chair 
  • Jennifer Teel-Wolter, Raley’s Communitarian

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