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Kroger donates $250K to storm, flood relief efforts

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Kroger is committing $250,000 in cash and in-kind contributions to assist storm and flood relief efforts in communities across several Southeastern states.

Of the $250,000 commitment, the supermarket retailer is providing $150,000 in both cash and in-kind support, prioritizing food contributions to local Feeding America food banks to assist residents as demand increases. Additionally, Kroger’s charitable arm, the Kroger Foundation, will provide the American Red Cross with up to $100,000 in cash to match customer donations collected at the register in Kroger stores.

"We hope that providing food and water to local food banks and financial support to the Red Cross will help our associates and customers rebuild their communities in the aftermath of these devastating storms," said Lynn Marmer, group VP corporate affairs for Kroger.

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Sam’s Club to offer skin health screenings

BY Allison Cerra

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club is offering skin health screenings to customers on May 14 as part of Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

Sam’s Club shoppers will be offered skin assessments, which will be conducted by U.S. Wellness, to both members and nonmembers. U.S. Wellness will conduct DermaScan skin tests, which use Type A ultraviolet light to show sun damage that is invisible to the naked human eye. The retailer added that it will offer free DermaScan skin tests to the first 100 participants who sign up in each club.

"May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and according to the American Cancer Society, 1-in-5 Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of their lifetime," said Jill Turner-Mitchael, Sam’s Club health-and-wellness SVP. "Sam’s Club hopes to promote early detection and prevention of skin cancer. By offering free skin health screenings in our pharmacy areas, we can help educate how important it is to protect your skin."

For more information, times and locations of health screenings at participating Sam’s Club locations, members can visit SamsClub.com/HealthyLiving.

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Cottonelle brings back promotion for flushable moist wipes

BY Allison Cerra

DALLAS — Cottonelle is bringing back its Get Fresh With a Friend program that allows consumers to get a free tub of the brand’s flushable moist wipes and send one to a friend or family member.

Consumers that visit GetFreshWithAFriend.com can receive a coupon for a free One Touch dispensing tub of Cottonelle flushable moist wipes with a Cottonelle Easy Reach hanger for themselves and a friend by providing their mailing address and their friend’s email address. A 42-count tub of flushable moist wipes carries a suggested retail price of $2.89. The offer is limited to one tub per person with a valid email address and home address, while supplies last.

“We received such an overwhelming response to our initial Get Fresh With a Friend program that we knew we had to satisfy such strong consumer demand by bringing it back in 2011,” said Cherie Kamin, Cottonelle brand manager. “While bathroom habits are not always the most comfortable topic to discuss, Cottonelle flushable moist wipes users are passionate about their love for the fresh clean that they get from using the product. Sending a free tub to someone they care about is an easy way to show friends and family what ‘getting fresh’ is all about.”

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