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Lowe’s sends aid to disaster areas

By Caroline McMillan
cmcmillan@charlotteobserver.com

Lowe’s Home Improvement said Tuesday that it would donate truckloads of emergency supplies and $1 million to support disaster relief and rebuilding in communities hit by the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma, Texas and across the Midwest.

One employee of the Lowe’s in Moore, Okla., died in his home after the tornado struck Monday, and the company was trying to locate about 30 employees who work for area Lowe’s stores, many of whom live in or near the Moore area, said company spokeswoman Karen Cobb.

The Mooresville-based company has a relief fund to help with the crisis needs of employees and their families.

Hours after the tornado hit, the retailer began sending truckloads of generators, water, tarps, gas cans, bottled water, trash bags, safety and security items and demolition equipment. Lowe’s is also sending storage totes for volunteers to distribute to residents who need them to hold belongings.

The tornado hit a half-mile from the Lowe’s store in Moore. The store parking lot is currently a “command center,” offering free meals to residents affected by the disaster, Cobb said.

BGEA, Samaritan’s Purse

The Charlotte-based Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse of Boone have sent help to Oklahoma, and officials with the two organizations, affiliated with evangelists Billy and Franklin Graham, say they are waiting to see whether more aid is needed.

Samaritan’s Purse sent two Disaster Relief Units from its North Wilkesboro facility early Tuesday.

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, meanwhile, dispatched teams of chaplains to the area.

“It’s always so difficult for survivors to comprehend the tragedy of a tornado, because everything happens so fast,” said Jack Munday, international director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team.

“Please pray for those who lost everything in this series of tornadoes, and especially for the loved ones of the victims.” Staff writer Steve Lyttle contributed

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