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Walgreens sponsors American Red Cross life-saving trainings

BY Allison Cerra

DEERFIELD, Ill. — One of the nation’s largest drug store chains announced its sponsorship of nationwide life-saving trainings hosted by the American Red Cross.

The “Gabrielle Giffords Honorary Save-a-Life Saturday” event, which will be held March 19, will offer free training and instruction on hands-only CPR, controlling external bleeding, and recognizing and managing shock. The event is named after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically injured, along with several other citizens, during the recent Tucson, Ariz., shooting. Six people were killed.

Locations, times and registration information can be found at RedCross.org/SaveALife or by contacting a local Red Cross chapter.

“This is a great way for Walgreens to give back to hundreds of communities that have welcomed us over the years,” said Greg Wasson, Walgreens president and CEO. “Every person who is CPR-trained is a potential life-saver 365 days a year. This is invaluable and important training that we’re proud to help provide in partnership with the American Red Cross and in honor of Rep. Giffords as she continues her recovery.”

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Rite Aid Foundation pledges $50,000 to Red Cross’ Japan earthquake fund

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid’s philanthropic arm is donating to relief efforts in Japan.

The Rite Aid Foundation announced Wednesday that it was donating $50,000 to the American Red Cross’ Japan earthquake fund.

“Our hearts go out to the victims, families and communities affected by this devastating tragedy,” Rite Aid Foundation president Mary Sammons said. “We are proud to partner with the American Red Cross and assist them in their mission of helping the people of Japan in their time of need.”

An earthquake measuring approximately 9.0 on the Richter scale struck northeastern Japan near the city of Sendai on Friday. The earthquake, together with the tsunami it triggered, are estimated to have killed up to 4,000 people and left half a million homeless.

In addition, workers continued struggling Wednesday to cool the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to prevent a possible meltdown in what many are calling the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

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Kellogg’s announces $500K donation to Japan relief efforts

BY Allison Cerra

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Kellogg’s announced its donation to the American Red Cross to support disaster relief efforts in Japan.

The funds, which total $500,000, include equal amounts of cash and product, and are designated to support the efforts of the Japanese Red Cross Society. The cash donation is being made by Kellogg’s Corporate Citizenship Fund.

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