Rite Aid donates to Red Cross for Philippine typhoon-relief efforts
CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid’s philanthropic arm is donating $50,000 for relief efforts in the Philippines in the wake of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan.
The Rite Aid Foundation announced Wednesday that it would donate the money to the Red Cross for people and communities affected. The typhoon, which hit the Southeast Asian island nation Friday, left an estimated 582,000 homeless, according to government estimates cited by CNN, devastating communities like the city of Tacloban. Philippine president Benigno Aquino III told CNN that the death toll was likely to be around 2,500.
"Our hearts go out to the people and communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan," Rite Aid president and COO Ken Martindale said. "So many lives were forever changed as a result of this devastating tropical storm."
AstraZeneca subsidiary, parenting book author partner to push flu vaccines
GAITHERSBURG, Md. — AstraZeneca specialty drugs division MedImmune will work with author Elizabeth Pantley to publish a new guide designed to educate parents on flu prevention.
MedImmune said Wednesday a partnership with Pantley, author of the No-Cry Solution parenting book series, to publish "A Parent’s Guide to Flu Season." The guide is designed to educate parents on the importance of flu prevention and help them navigate through flu myths and misconceptions.
"Children are two to three times more likely than adults to contract the flu, and more young children in the U.S. go to the hospital each year because of flu-related complications than any other vaccine-preventable disease," Pantley said. "By developing this booklet with MedImmune Specialty Care, we hope to help parents understand the importance of prevention and encourage families to get an annual vaccination to help protect against the flu."
An average of 20,000 children younger than five are hospitalized due to influenza each year due to flu complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, though only 57% of children aged 6 months to 17 years received a flu vaccination during the 2012-2013 influenza season.
Lilywrap creator wins award for women entrepreneurs
ATLANTA — A new product for gift wrapping is designed to save both time and trees.
Atlanta entrepreneur Ashley Edmonds has created Lilywrap, a reusable wrapping that mimics the look and feel of traditional wrapping paper, including the bow, using patent-pending stretching fabric wrap.
Shapewear maker Spanx and founder Sara Blakely announced Wednesday that Edmonds had won the Leg Up award for her product. As part of the award, Lilywrap will be featured in the Spanks catalog, which circulates to more than 1 million fans. Blakely started the Leg Up Program in 2010 as a way to recognize up-and-coming women entrepreneurs and their companies.