Brita Sponsors Team to Pitch XPRIZE Concept To Eliminate Water Insecurity

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It’s a fact that can seem shocking to the average American.  Worldwide, more than 650 million people – double the population of the United States – lack access to safe drinking water. Now, a team of specialists sponsored by Brita is setting out to design a potential XPRIZE that can solve that problem.

Brita, America’s leading water filtration brand, is sponsoring a team at the XPRIZE Visioneers 2016 Summit, presented by The Roddenberry Foundation. The Brita sponsored team’s challenge is focused on extending access to safe drinking water and ensuring people around the globe have information about the safety of their water supply. The challenge devised by the group also aims to help address economic challenges for low-income families when they are not able to use tap water. The Brita team, led by William Sarni, managing director and practice leader, water strategy, Deloitte Consulting LLP, includes one Brita research and development team member and other diverse specialists.

“By activating the wisdom of the crowd through incentive competitions such as XPRIZE, our team seeks to help solve the issue of safe drinking water, a problem that continues to persist, particularly in the developing world,” said Sarni. “I’m honored to lead this Brita-sponsored team to enable us to democratize access to safe drinking water and real-time water quality and quantity data.”

The Summit, which begins tomorrow, will bring together nine international teams that have been selected to design potential XPRIZE competitions that aim to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges in the areas of: water, cancer, ALS, empathy, nutrition, and housing.

XPRIZE is a nonprofit that designs and implements innovative competition models to solve the world’s grandest challenges. At the Visioneers 2016 Summit, the nine teams will present ideas for the next XPRIZE challenge to a group of 200 evaluators, including prominent CEOs, government leaders, innovators, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs. Collectively, this group will determine which concept or concepts become the next global XPRIZE competition.

“It’s unfathomable for many Americans to think about a world where you can’t just turn a handle and get clean, safe drinking water,” said Ed Huber, general manager of Brita. “Access to good water needs to be a fundamental human right and as a company that makes its living providing great tasting water to people in North America, we are excited to play our part in trying to make water insecurity a thing of the past, throughout the world.”

The XPRIZE Visioneers 2016 Summit will take place September 29 through October 2 in Los Angeles.

About Brita
Brita® markets a variety of products, including water pitchers, faucet filters and bottles, that make it easy to get healthier, great tasting water from any tap. Brita products are marketed by The Clorox Company. The Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX) is a leading multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products with about 8,000 employees worldwide and fiscal year 2016 sales of $5.8 billion. For more information, visit www.brita.com.

Brita products are available at multiple iGive.com stores, where every purchase donates to your favorite cause. Among the iGive participating stores that feature Brita products are Target, Walgreens, Sears, and Jet.com

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About Deloitte
Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands, including 80 percent of the Fortune 500. Our people work across more than 20 industry sectors to deliver measurable and lasting results that help reinforce public trust in our capital markets, inspire clients to make their most challenging business decisions with confidence, and help lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthy society.

As used in this document, “Deloitte” means Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Please see www.deloitte.com/us/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting.

BJ’s and Boston Children’s Hospital reach half-way point to Blood Donor Challenge

BJs Blood Donor Drive

BJ’s Wholesale Club is helping Boston Children’s Hospital’s (BCH) increase its registered donor base of blood donors by 5,000 through the end of this year.  Since March, more than 2,500 Massachusetts residents have registered as a blood donor through Boston Children’s Hospital – Bloodmobile drives, including stops at BJ’s Wholesale Club locations.

“Registering as a blood donor is an easy way to make a difference in the lives of children and families,” said Bob Eddy, chief financial officer of BJ’s Wholesale Club. “We thank every new registered donor and look forward to reaching our goal by the end of 2016.”

Across the United States more than 41,000 blood donations are used every day – that’s 1.23 million donations per month.  Locally, patients at BCH are in need of 24,000 blood transfusions each year, but that is more than three times the number of blood donations the Boston Children’s Hospital – Bloodmobile receives over the same period.
To help, local BJ’s locations will continue to host the Boston Children’s Hospital – Bloodmobile throughout the year.

In April 2014, BJ’s Charitable Foundation continued its ongoing support of BCH by donating $250,000 to support the Bloodmobile, which includes the following features:

  • A high-tech blood center in a 40-foot custom coach with all of the equipment available at the hospital-based blood center.
  • Outfitted with five-beds.
  • Ability for technicians to collect different blood components, such as red cells and platelets, for many different patient needs.
  • Donor screening, donating and post donation taking only 30 minutes.

To register or find a local blood drive, visit https://www.halfpints.childrenshospital.org.

About BJ’s Wholesale Club
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ’s is the leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 214 clubs and 130 BJ’s Gas® locations in 15 states. Online shoppers who wish to make a donation with their online shopping through BJ’s should visit www.igive.com.

BJ’s provides a one-stop shopping destination filled with top-quality, leading brands, including its exclusive Wellsley Farms and Berkley Jensen brands, along with USDA Choice meats, premium produce and delicious organics,  many in supermarket sizes. BJ’s is also the only major membership warehouse club to accept all manufacturers’ coupons and, for greater convenience, offers the most payment options.

Visit www.BJs.com, and for exclusive content find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

BJ’s is wholly owned by affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners, CVC Capital Partners and its management team.

About Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston Children’s Hospital is home to the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries have benefited both children and adults since 1869. More than 1,100 scientists, including seven members of the National Academy of Sciences, 11 members of the Institute of Medicine and 10 members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute comprise Boston Children’s research community. Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children, Boston Children’s today is a 404-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care. Boston Children’s is also the pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. For more, visit our Vector and Thriving blogs and follow us on our social media channels: @BostonChildrens, @BCH_Innovation, Facebook and YouTube.

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car Teaming With World Travel & Tourism Council to Recognize Best in Sustainable Tourism

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car is teaming with the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) as a category sponsor of the 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. The annual WTTC awards are among the highest accolades in the global travel industry and represent the gold standard in sustainable tourism.

These awards recognize best practices and are based upon the principles of:

  • environmentally friendly operations;
  • support for the protection of cultural and natural heritage; and
  • the social and economic well-being of local people in travel destinations around the world.

For the second consecutive year, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is the exclusive sponsor of the WTTC’s People Award. This award honors organizations dedicated to the concept of “capacity building” – a long-term investment in the tourism workforce to enhance employee skills, competencies and abilities through local training and education.

“Travel and tourism careers already account for a significant part of our economy, providing an estimated 284 million jobs across the global market,” said Greg Stubblefield, executive vice president and chief strategy officer at Enterprise Holdings Inc., which owns the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand. “And we are committed to helping build an even more robust and inclusive global talent pipeline through this industry-leading WTTC initiative.”

Travel Industry Leadership

Enterprise Holdings’ annual revenues place it near the top of the global travel industry, exceeding all other rental car companies, as well as most airlines, cruise lines, hotels, tour operators and online travel agencies. In addition, Enterprise Holdings is the only company in the international car rental industry – and one of a handful in the global travel industry – to complete a sustainability report in accordance with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 “Core” Guidelines.

“As the world’s largest car rental company, we are in a strong position to help drive sustainable solutions and policies around the globe,” noted Stubblefield, who is a member of the WTTC as well as the U.S. Travel Association’s CEO Roundtable. He also serves on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, which – as the advisory body to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce – provides counsel on current tourism industry concerns, emerging issues and government policies.

“Travel and tourism represents one of the fastest growing segments in the global economy, so it’s especially important that the growth of our sector is managed responsibly,” Stubblefield added. “The WTTC awards are an opportunity to honor organizations that benefit local communities, support cultural diversity and advance biodiversity conservation, all within a viable and profitable business model.”

Furthermore, the WTTC is working closely with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), a United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. The WTTC and UNWTO are working together to improve the understanding of the importance of travel and tourism to social and economic development worldwide.

The WTTC’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards recognize businesses and organizations whose commitments to sustainability and long-term vision have not only helped to shape international standards for environmentally and socially responsible tourism, but also have demonstrated how tourism can be a force for good. The extensive three-part application process begins with a written submission that is evaluated by an independent judging panel of sustainable tourism experts. Finalists are then visited on-site by experts who verify the claims made in their applications. Winners and finalists will be honored at a special Awards Ceremony during WTTC’s 2017 Global Summit April 25-27 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Applications for the 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are now open, and candidates will be able to apply until Nov. 14, 2016. For more information, visit www.wttc.org/tourism-for-tomorrow-awards.

One Lucky Community Dog Park To Receive $30K & Helping Hand From Beneful® Team

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Seven community dog parks across the country are vying for a Dream Dog Park makeover through the Beneful Dream Dog Park promotion. Today through November 1, dog lovers can help decide which of the seven parks will receive $30,000 for park improvements by heading to Walmart.com/Beneful. In addition to the monetary donation, the dog park that receives the most votes by November 1 will also receive dog park equipment valued at up to $5,000 and hands-on volunteer support from the Beneful Dream Dog Park team.

 

The Lucky Seven
Dog parks from seven communities are participating in the special promotion, including:

  • Boomer Street Dog Park near Milwaukee, Wisconsin;
  • Broad Ripple Dog Park in Indianapolis, Indiana;
  • Leash Free Zone Dog Park near Dallas, Texas;
  • Millbrook Dog Park in Raleigh, North Carolina;
  • PAW Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma;
  • Piedmont Park Dog Park in Atlanta, Georgia;
  • Swope Dog Park in Kansas City, Missouri.

Each dog park has its own unique features and needs for improvements. Depending on which park is ultimately selected via votes, the $30,000 donation could be used towards many different types of enhancement projects– from extra benches and tables, to shade structures and landscaping, to water features and agility equipment – to meet the dreams and desires of local dogs and owners.

Cast a Vote
Dog lovers everywhere can weigh in daily with their votes. They should visit Walmart.com/Beneful to learn about the promotion and the seven participating dog parks. Votes can be cast daily by sharing a post on Twitter or Instagram using both #BenefulDogPark and the desired park’s promotion-specific hashtag:

  • Boomer Street Dog Park near Milwaukee, Wisconsin: #BenefulDogPark #Milwaukee
  • Broad Ripple Dog Park in Indianapolis, Indiana: #BenefulDogPark and #Indianapolis
  • Millbrook Dog Park in Raleigh, North Carolina: #BenefulDogPark and #Raleigh
  • Leash Free Zone Dog Park near Dallas, Texas: #BenefulDogPark and #Dallas
  • PAW Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: #BenefulDogPark and #OklahomaCity
  • Piedmont Park Dog Park in Atlanta, Georgia: #BenefulDogPark and #Atlanta
  • Swope Dog Park in Kansas City, Missouri: #BenefulDogPark and #KansasCity

To celebrate Beneful’s new dry food recipes – which offer real beef and chicken as the number one ingredient – and the dog park promotion, the Beneful team will be hosting special events at select Walmart stores October 1-2. Check out the event list on Walmart.com to see if the team will be in your neighborhood where you can join them to cast your vote and receive a sample of the new Beneful dry food, while supplies last.

Since launching the Beneful Dream Dog Park Project six years ago, the Beneful team has provided more than $2 million in funding to build new dog parks and improve existing ones in more than 20 communities nationwide. To learn more about Beneful’s Dream Dog Park Project and the community dog parks it’s supported, or read up on its variety of healthy dog foods and treats, visit Beneful.com. The Beneful team also shares out ongoing #DreamDogPark updates on social media – follow and connect with the team on Facebook.com/Beneful, and @Beneful on Instagram and Twitter.

Promotion Rules
Promotion begins at 9:00:01 a.m. ET on September 15, 2016 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. ET on November 1, 2016. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C. who are 18 years of age or older at time of participation. No purchase necessary to participate. Limit of one (1) vote per person, per Twitter or Instagram account, per day, throughout the promotion period. For full details and official rules, please visit Walmart.com/Beneful.Sponsored by Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, Checkerboard Square, St. Louis, MO  63164.

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HanesBrands Provides Clothes for Flood Victims

HanesBrands Gives to Flooding Victims

HanesBrands is providing more than 23000 items of clothing to Louisiana residents impacted by the devastating flooding. The company is partnering with Fashion Delivers to distribute three trailer load of first-quality product.

Fashion Delivers is a New York based charity that that unites retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to support people affected by poverty and tragedy. This donation, By HanesBrands includes: T-shirts, socks, bras, underwear and other apparel.

We have all seen the devastation the Louisiana floods have caused on so many levels – especially to the lives of the thousands of people directly affected, “HanesBrands is happy to provide this assistance and hope that it can provide some real help in this time of need,” said Chris Fox, HanesBrands vice president for corporate social responsibility.

HanesBrands

HanesBrands is a socially responsible leading marketer of everyday basic innerwear and activewear apparel in the Americas, Europe, Australia and Asia under some of the world’s strongest apparel brands, including Hanes, Champion, Playtex, DIM, Bali, Maidenform, Bonds,JMS/Just My Size, L’eggs, Wonderbra, Nur Die/Nur Der, Lovable, Berlei, and Gear for Sports. The company sells T-shirts, bras, panties, shapewear, underwear, socks, hosiery, and activewear produced in the company’s low-cost global supply chain. Hanes takes pride in its strong reputation for ethical business practices, community philanthropy and environmentalism. More information about the company and its corporate social responsibility initiatives, including environmental, social compliance and community improvement achievements, may be found at www.Hanes.com/corporate. HanesBrands is a proud partner with iGive.com to enable shoppers to give back to their favorite cause with their online Hanes.com purchases.

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc.

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc. is the charity of choice for new product donations made by hundreds of companies in the fashion, home and children’s industries. Founded 30 years ago, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that unites retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to support people affected by poverty and tragedy. Since 1985, over $1.2 billion of donated products have been distributed worldwide.

Purina Cat Chow Donates Five Million Meals

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Purina Cat Chow  will deliver five million meals to Rescue Bank, a program of GreaterGood.org, as part of its “Nutrition to Build Better Lives” program, which supports the rescue, nutrition and adoption of cats in shelters and animal welfare organizations.

Purina Cat Chow asked cat people across the country to participate in its “Nutrition to Build Better Lives” program during the month of July. For every bag of Purina Cat Chow purchased from July 1 – 31, including those purchased through iGive.com merchants such as PetSmart, PetCo, Pet360, and PetFood Direct, the brand donated meals.

Since 2013, Purina Cat Chow has supported animal shelters across the country and has donated more than $1,857,500 in food, supplies and renovations to advance the rescue, nutrition and adoption of cats in shelters and animal welfare organizations.

Rescue Bank is a non-profit organization that receives and distributes high-quality pet food and other supplies to a network of pre-qualified animal welfare organizations throughout the United States. These organizations are able to use the savings from their food budgets for critical veterinary care and other expenses to increase the adoption of healthy pets.

About Nestlé Purina PetCare
Nestlé Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. A premiere global manufacturer of pet products, Nestlé Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestlé S.A., a global leader in nutrition, health and wellness.

 

GoDaddy Offers a Path Forward

GoDaddy, an iGive.com merchant, gives back

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GoDaddy is offering “Path Forward” for mid-career professionals returning to the workplace. The world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, today announced its participation in the Path Forward Return To Work program. The program reinforces GoDaddy’s commitment toward building a diverse and inclusive workforce, while also identifying incredible talent.

Three, 18-week paid interns will be hired. The professional being considered are mid-career professionals, many of whom who have taken at least two years out the workforce to care for kids, parents or other loved ones. The program runs from October through February 2017 and potentially provides interns the ability to earn a full-time position upon successful completion of the program. GoDaddy will provide participants with practical work experience and Path Forward will provide training and networking events designed to help ease the transition back to work.

The internship opportunities are available for engineering positions, and applications are being accepted now at GoDaddy.com/Careers.

“GoDaddy is an inspiring company that is prioritizing creating a diverse and inclusive workforce. We are thrilled to partner with them to help those who have taken time off from work for caregiving get back to their careers,” said Tami Forman, Executive Director or Path Forward.  “Partners like GoDaddy understand that great talent can sometimes come from unexpected places, and this program helps them tap into a new source of diverse, skilled, highly-motivated professionals.”

This program is another step in GoDaddy’s commitment to achieve greater workplace diversity and inclusiveness. The company is a vocal leader for gender diversity in the technology industry and recently signed the White House ‘Fair Pay Pledge’ aimed at balancing the gender salary gap and the White House ‘Tech Inclusion Pledge designed to increase workplace diversity. In 2015, GoDaddy also released its salary data, comparing men and women in like-roles and will continue to pursue opportunities to create a more diverse workforce.

About GoDaddy

GoDaddy powers the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures. With more than 14 million customers worldwide and more than 63 million domain names under management, GoDaddy is the place people come to name their idea, build a professional website, attract customers and manage their work. Our mission is to give our customers the tools, insights and the people to transform their ideas and personal initiative into success. To learn more about the company, visit www.GoDaddy.com. GoDaddy offers a one-time $10 donation to your charity of choice through iGive.com.

About Path Forward

Path Forward is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization on a mission to eliminate the bias faced by people who take time off from the paid workforce for caregiving responsibilities and to support gender equality in the workforce. Path Forward creates programs that empower people to return to the workforce after a career break and implement these programs at companies that want to help. Learn more about Path Forward and sign up to get updates about our upcoming programs at www.pathforward.org.

GelPro Random Acts of Comfort

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GelPro is inspired by the people who help others.  Every year they give away 250 mats, valued at $30,000 through their Random Acts of Comfort initiative. The company invites customers to nominate individuals who inspire them and Robb and Lisa McMahan, Founders of GelPro, and their team give winners a GelPro Comfort Mat.

Here are a few of the nominations of folks for  Random Acts of Comfort. Gelpro mats were sent to each one (names have been removed).

My wife is an incredible person. She always thinks of others . She was diagnosed with M.S. in 2001.She has refused to let this get her down. She takes great care of her mother who has A form of cancer. She has raised our two children, and her nephew who is now attending college. If all that wasn`t enough. She volunteer`s for alanon and ala teen. She attends and heads meetings two or three times a week. She also helps coordinate ala teen retreats. The kids love her and really appreciate all she has to offer. If this isn`t enough, she makes sure we have dinner and dishes and kitchen are cleaned up. This is why I think she deserves one of your Gel Pro Comfort Mats. Also the bunyun on her right foot would a enjoy it. No kidding. Please consider this very giving and caring person. Thank you.

Perry and his co-chefs at My Kitchen Program, Hautemealz and SimplySmartDinnerPlans are on their feet for hours smoking meats, cooking/serving meals to the homeless and teaching foster kids cooking skills through several charitable organizations in the Portland, Oregon area. They deserve happy feet!

Bill is 66 years old. He is a Vietnam veteran that served in the special forces, army. He suffers from agent Orange poisoning, which led to severe diabetes. It disabled him. He has many rough days but doesn’t give up. He has lots of ailments, and one of them is neuropathy in his feet. He likes to work in the garage but standing on the hard floor is very painful. He is a volunteer color guard with the American Legion, and standing at gravesites is hard on him. He also is an American patriot guard rider. I would love to see him have his own gel mat for the garage. I have one in the kitchen and he really feels comfort from it.

My daughter, Rachel, is Mom to Sammy, 4, and Carson, 2. Sammy has Neurofibromatosis type 1, learning disabilities, and severe ADHD. Her days are not easy… She has metal rods in her spine and hip pain on a daily basis. She enjoys baking beautiful cakes for family and friends as it’s therapeutic for her. Through all the tears, MRI’s, and doctor visits she carries on for her boys and I couldn’t be more proud of the loving Mother she is. She is truly deserving of this wonderful comfort mat. Thank you

Eman is a 28 year old mother of 2, cancer survivor who works full time rehabilitating person with strokes and brain injuries. She is a loving wife who devotes herself to taking care of her husband, kids ,mother and 4 younger brothers and sisters. Her father died tragically 3 years ago and she has filled his role since then. Everyone in her life looks up to her for strength and wisdom. She never hesitates to help anyone in need family or not. If that is not enough she is involved with a local women’s shelter and encourages her children to give back to their communities financially and by devoting time. I cant imagine a more suitable person to give this small token of appreciation to. Please consider her for this gift so tj6at she could be a little less pain free by the end of the day.

For 30 years of her 53 year marriage, Marion has been caregiver for her husband who is severely crippled. He has had many surgeries and many times had to be taken to the emergency room in the middle of the night. In addition she prepares wonderful meals and is recruited by her church to donate when they have dinners. Since her husband is disabled, they rely on Medicare and his small pension. By saving coupons, she is able to stay within their budget. She takes advantage of buy get one free which she donates to the food bank. She always remembers everybody’s birthday and anniversary. Her Christmas gifts consist of homemade raviolis and sauce. I’m extremely proud of Marion. I submitted a nomination yesterday for a very deserving person, but Marion is more deserving.

My neighbor, Wendy is a mother of a special needs daughter. She has been a tireless volunteer all her life, but now with her daughter about to graduate from high school, she needed to find a new avenue for her daughter to spend her days. Katie’s cart blossomed! Katie’s cart is rolling cart that Katie pushes through office buildings selling small nutritious goodies to employees. Wendy makes most all the goodies that Katie sells; she stands many hours and many days in her kitchen making cookies, breads, granola mixes and other baked items. Wendy also suffers from deliberating joint pain that leaves her body aching all the time. The GelPro mat would also be used by others as Katie’s cart grows. Wendy plans to hire young special needs adults to help cook goodies in her kitchen. The GelPro mat would be a huge blessing for my sweet humble neighbor.. Thank you for listening to her story.

GelPro mats are engineered with one goal in mind: to make the time you spend standing more comfortable and enjoyable. When you shop GelPro through iGive.com you can also give back to favorite cause. To nominate a deserving person visit: http://www.gelpro.com/random-acts-of-comfort

 

PetSmart Charities®, PetSmart® Help Pets and Pet Parents Impacted by Louisiana Floods

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PetSmart and PetSmart Charities are coming to the aid of hundreds of animals left homeless by the Louisiana floods, which are being dubbed the worst natural disaster to hit the U.S. since Hurricane Sandy.

A large shipment of pet supplies including: Pet food, cat litter, feeding bowls, leashes, crates and beds were delivered from the PetSmart central region Distribution Center.  These items are valued at more than $80,000.  In addition, grant makers at PetSmart Charities are providing more than $30,000 in financial support to local animal welfare organization is Louisiana. The grants will help with the financial strain these nonprofits are facing due to the increased need to provide shelter, food and veterinary care for rescued animals.

According to news reports, the rising water has forced more than 30,000 people to evacuate their homes. As well, hundreds of animals have been rescued with a high percentage of them being pets. Local animal welfare organizations are overwhelmed as they care for the rescued animals, providing shelter, food and care and working to reunite pet parents with their beloved pets. The emergency relief is in direct response to PetSmart and PetSmart Charities’ partners requesting the support.

About PetSmart Charities®

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. Each year nearly 500,000 dogs and cats find homes through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and sponsored adoption events. Each year millions of PetSmart shoppers generously contribute to pets in need by making donations directly to PetSmart Charities on a pin pad at the registers in PetSmart stores.  PetSmart Charities administers and efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar of those donations by issuing grants and providing other support to help pets in need.  PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding adoption and spay/neuter programs that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities has received the Four Star Rating for the past 13 years from Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization.

About PetSmart

PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate 1,466 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and 203 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel®dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 500,000 homeless pets each year. 
Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart