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The Seattle Times: Bartell Drugs plays up local ties with private label brand

BY Antoinette Alexander

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs isn’t just celebrating its 125th anniversary. The regional player is also celebrating the deployment of its own private-label brand, which is designed to highlight the retailer’s connection to the Puget Sound region, The Seattle Times has reported.

Launched last year, the Emerald & Spruce line focuses on local products and is currently comprised of ice cream, vitamins and dog treats, according to the article.

Created by Seattle-based brand agency Hornall Anderson, the line so far is “performing as we hoped,” Jean Barber Bartell, vice chairman and treasurer of the 63-store chain, was quoted as saying in the article.
 

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Rite Aid donation improves future for children of fallen soldiers

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. – The Rite Aid Foundation's KidCents program will donate $1.3 million to Folds of Honor, a nonprofit organization based in Owasso, Okla., dedicated to providing educational scholarships to children of fallen or disabled veterans. The donation was announced in Owasso over Memorial Day weekend during Folds of Honor's annual Patriot Cup Invitational, a golf tournament and gala celebrating our nation's heroes and raising funds for Folds of Honor. 
 
"It is truly an honor for The Rite Aid Foundation's KidCents program to join forces with an outstanding organization such as Folds of Honor," said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid president and COO, who also serves as president of The Rite Aid Foundation. "The Foundation's donation to Folds of Honor not only brings the mission of The Rite Aid Foundation to life, but most importantly, it will also help the organization continue to make a lasting difference in the lives of children whose parents have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country."  
 
Folds of Honor was founded in 2007 by Major Dan Rooney, an F-16 fighter pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard who served three tours of duty in Iraq. Since its inception, Folds of Honor has raised more than $70 million and awarded nearly 8,000 scholarships to the family members of fallen or disabled veterans. 
 
"With support from partners like The Rite Aid Foundation, our organization is able to honor the sacrifice of our service men and women by ensuring that no child or family is left behind when they lose a parent while serving our country," Rooney said. "We are proud and humbled to be welcomed into the Rite Aid Foundation's KidCents' family and look forward to working with Rite Aid, its associates and customers to help those we serve achieve their educational goals." 
 
KidCents was developed by The Rite Aid Foundation to provide Rite Aid customers an opportunity to do even more to help the kids in the communities Rite Aid serves. Through KidCents, members of Rite Aid's wellness+ with Plenti program can round up their in-store or online purchases to the nearest dollar and give their change to one of more than 300 nonprofit organizations focused on improving the health and wellbeing of children.  
 
In addition to the donation, Folds of Honor is also able to receive round-up donations from Rite Aid customers through the KidCents program. 
 
Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded nearly $20 million to non-profit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $65 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994. 
 
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H-E-B responds to Texas flooding with food and supplies

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN ANTONIO – To continue relief efforts in the wake of the floods affecting the San Marcos and Wimberley communities, H‑E‑B will provide more than 3,000 Disaster Relief Cleanup Kits to residents returning to their homes, the grocer announced Monday. Each household will receive an H‑E‑B reusable bag filled with trash bags, paper towels, bleach, all‑purpose spray cleaner, gloves, sunscreen and insect repellent.
 
H‑E‑B has also activated the H‑E‑B Mobile Kitchen to San Marcos and will serve as the host site for H‑E‑B staff to prepare the much needed hot meals and distribute water to victims of the floods and first responders.
 
Additionally, The American Red Cross will be delivering H‑E‑B hot prepared meals and drinks in their Emergency Response Vehicle to impacted residents of San Marcos and neighboring communities as communicated by County Emergency Command.
 
H‑E‑B will also assist the impacted communities of Lockhart, Luling, and Pflugerville through its local stores.
 
"Providing aid in times of need is the cornerstone of H‑E‑B's Helping Here philosophy, which promises to stand by communities during times of crisis," the company stated. "For more than 100 years, [H-E-B] has demonstrated its commitment to communities in crisis by donating financial support, emergency supplies, drinking water and food, as well as providing efficient ways for customers to assist those affected by a natural disaster."
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