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H-E-B has donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross and launched a statewide checkstand donation campaign to benefit the organization in response to the devastation caused by the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas that has leveled part of the town and left many injured.
Customers are encouraged to donate $1, $3 or $5 to their total grocery bill. All donations will be directed toward relief efforts, which include sending relief supplies, mobilizing relief workers and providing financial resources to those affected by the disaster.
"We are committed to providing assistance during this heart wrenching time of crisis as many of our neighbors face loss and uncertainty due to the explosion," said Winell Herron, H-E-B group VP of public affairs, diversity and environmental affairs. "It is our hope that H-E-B's donations, along with our loyal customers' support, will help meet the immediate needs of our displaced neighbors while also aiding larger relief efforts with the American Red Cross."
H-E-B has integrated its emergency response units into the incident command post supporting local emergency management and law enforcement. H-E-B mobilized the H-E-B Eddie Garcia Mobile Kitchen and water tanker to West and donated meals and water to the victims of the disaster and first responders. Food, water, snacks and medical supplies have been donated to local hospitals and nursing home facilities along with baby items such as diapers, formula and bottles to families displaced by the explosion.
For more than 100 years, the company 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 disaster.
H-E-B operates more than 350 stores in Texas and Mexico.