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    H-E-B Rushes Aid to Houston

    The Texas chain sent a convoy of dozens of vehicles carrying disaster relief supplies, and also sent a team into the storm's wake to provide pharmacy services.

    H-E-B on Saturday said it had mobilized its Emergency Response Team and sent a Disaster Response Unit to Houston, in a convoy of 30 to 40 vehicles and 12 tractor trailers to deliver relief supplies and services to the communities hit by Hurricane Ike.

    The chain also said 24 employees had volunteered to accompany the convoy and assist Houston area victims.

    H.E.B.'s convoy carried baby products, dry and canned goods, bottled water, and toiletries into the hard-hit region. It dispatched a mobile pharmacy unit and mobile business services unit to help displaced residents get needed medications, cash checks, or pay bills.

    H-E-B's Mobile Kitchen also joined the convoy to prepare and serve hot meals on-site to residents and volunteers.

    On Thursday, H-E-B delivered a truckload of donated baby product to the San Antonio Food Bank; and on Friday, it advanced a donation to the Food Bank of $70,000 its customers raised during a two-month long giving campaign known as Help End Hunger. Additionally.

    H.E.B. said more than 125 San Antonio area "partners," its term for employees, have voluntarily gone to Houston to assist with the relief effort.

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