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Rite Aid Foundation Donates $150,000 to Assist Wildfire Relief Efforts in California

November 15, 2018

CAMP HILL, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 15, 2018--The Rite Aid Foundation announced today a $150,000 donation that will be distributed across several California relief organizations assisting the families, evacuees and firefighters impacted by the deadly Camp, Woolsey and Hill wildfires. The Camp Fire has now become the deadliest wildfire in California’s history.

To help relief efforts, the Rite Aid Foundation has made donations to four organizations:

“These devastating fires have left absolute destruction and heartbreak across California. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected as well as the brave firefighters who have been tirelessly battling these infernos,” said Kermit Crawford, Rite Aid president and chief operating officer and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “The Rite Aid Foundation hopes today’s donations provide hope, relief and support as families and residents begin to recover and rebuild their lives.”

Since the wildfires ignited last week, the American Red Cross has been on the ground providing shelter, food and comfort to the thousands of residents forced to flee their homes with little notice.

In response to the overwhelming devastation and loss, the North Valley Community Foundation has established the Camp Fire Evacuation Relief Fund to support the needs of the evacuation centers that opened their doors to support people who lost their homes and are fleeing the fire.

In addition to providing meals for emergency workers and evacuees, the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation has been providing hydration backpacks for the firefighters working tirelessly to contain the fires.

Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $36 million to non-profit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $87 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with fiscal 2018 annual revenues of $21.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit  .

Founded in 2010 by a committed group of community activists and business leaders, the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation serves to strengthen the overall preparedness and responsiveness of the LAFD. Our focus is on public safety: We support the department by helping to invest in equipment, training programs and public outreach to help these men and women excel at their jobs.

The North Valley Community Foundation provides visionary community leadership by identifying emerging challenges in our region. NVCF brings together diverse groups of problem-solvers, mobilizes resources, and equips community leaders. We build and energize a community of engaged citizens and philanthropists who strengthen the common good.

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CONTACT: Rite Aid

Pete Strella

717-975-5718

pstrella@riteaid.com

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA PENNSYLVANIA

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