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Home Depot commits to helping weather-impacted communities

ATLANTA -- The Home Depot Foundation announced that it has created a $1 million weather impact fund to aid relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts in response to the recent storms throughout the Southeast and Midwest United States, and in expectation of continuing violent storms throughout the spring season.

As a part of this commitment, The Home Depot Foundation said it is donating $250,000 to the American Red Cross for immediate relief needs in response to yesterday's tornadoes and storms that caused serious damage through the Southeast.  Throughout the month, the Foundation has been responding with donations to nonprofits that are assisting communities affected by recent severe weather in St. Louis, southern Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa.  Future funding will be deployed to local stores, communities and nonprofits as needed. 

"This spring has seen an extraordinary spate of storms and tornadoes that have devastated many parts of the country, and at this early stage of the season, it's likely to be one of the worst springs in history in terms of storm damage and destruction.  We are a part of these communities and it is our responsibility to help – not only with the needs today, but as these communities start rebuilding," said Frank Blake, chairman and CEO of The Home Depot.

In addition to funding, Team Depot, the company's associate-led volunteer force, has been mobilized locally to help with relief and recovery efforts, Home Depot reported.