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CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, CVS/pharmacy provide support for Hurricane Isaac relief efforts

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. —The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and CVS/pharmacy have announced a donation of more than $20,000 in support of communities that have been affected by Hurricane Isaac.

The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust has donated $15,000 to the American Red Cross to support relief and recovery efforts. CVS/pharmacy also is providing nearly 1,000 first aid kits and nearly $5,000 in additional financial support to Red Cross shelters across Louisiana and Mississippi.

Almost all CVS/pharmacy stores in Louisiana and Mississippi now are open. Only six stores currently are closed and they will reopen as soon as safely possible, the retailer stated.

"Hurricane Isaac has impacted many of the communities we serve in Louisiana and Mississippi," said Eileen Howard Boone, SVP corporate communications and community relations for CVS Caremark.  "We are committed to supporting relief efforts in these communities and we hope our customers and colleagues in affected areas can safely return home soon."

The company also is supporting its employees who have been affected by the hurricane through the CVS Caremark Employee Relief Fund.  Launched in 2011, the Employee Relief Fund provides short-term, immediate financial relief to employees who’ve suffered significant hardship as a result of a natural disaster, family death, medical emergency or other unforeseen events.

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Rite Aid Foundation donates relief funds to American Red Cross

BY Allison Cerra

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid announced that its charitable arm, the Rite Aid Foundation, has made a $25,000 donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to help the victims, families and communities affected by Hurricane Isaac.

Rite Aid noted that nearly all Rite Aid pharmacies affected by the storm in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi are open and serving the prescription and merchandise needs of the local residents. Rite Aid also said it has increased staffing in stores throughout the region to assist local residents. The company is working closely with local authorities to reopen any of its locations closed due to power outages.

"As people and communities start to rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Isaac, it’s important that they know they aren’t alone," said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid COO and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. "One of Rite Aid’s core values is to be a caring neighbor in the communities we serve and we are proud to partner with the American Red Cross to help those most affected by Hurricane Isaac."

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Mark Feldstein and Associates gears up for holiday season with festive clocks

BY Allison Cerra

TOLEDO, Ohio — Mark Feldstein and Associates has introduced its new holiday musical clocks.

MFA said its North Pole cuckoo clock depicts Christmas elves helping Santa Claus getting ready for the "big day" in his workshop at the North Pole. At each hour, an elf comes out of the workshop accompanied by one of twelve Christmas carols. The clock features a swinging pendulum which can be removed for mantel or tabletop display. In addition to the North pole cuckoo clock, MFA also is offering the following 8-in. holiday musical clocks:

  • The Thomas Kinkade holiday clock, featuring an original painting titled "The Spirit of Christmas" by the late award-winning artist;

  • The Peanuts holiday dog house clock, based on "A Charlie Brown Christmas," features a green-framed dial along with Snoopy, Charlie Brown and his famous Christmas tree;

  • The puppy and kitty Christmas clocks, which feature photos captured by world-renowned animal photographer Keith Kimberlin; and

  • The snow family clock, which features a snowman illustration on the dial, combined with a festive gold frame.

To add ambiance to these celebratory scenes set by these festive 8-in. dials, each clock features 12 traditional Christmas carols, a different one played at the top of each hour. In addition, these clocks can be hung on a wall, but also include removable stands for convenient desktop display.

"The idea behind our series of holiday musical clocks is to provide consumers with a fun twist on the traditional holiday decorating," MFA president Mark Feldstein said. "The individual clocks present festive scenes, that combined with playing traditional Christmas carols, are certain to enhance the joy of the season year after year."

Manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the North Pole cuckoo clock is $34.95, while the MSRP for the 8-in. holiday musical clocks range from $10.95 to $11.95 each.

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