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Food Lion taking donations for Red Cross for Irene help

Food Lion, which has been sending truckloads of water and ice to the Outer Banks in the wake of the storm, is accepting donations at its stores, the company says.

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SALISBURY, N.C. — The Food Lion grocery chain is accepting donations at its stores through Sept. 6 to help the Red Cross help victims of Hurricane Irene, the company says.

The company said in an announcement that it had give the Red Cross $6,000 and contributed more than $100,000 for in-kind donations to communities and disaster-relief agencies.

"As soon as the storm passed and areas were safe for re-entry, Food Lion quickly mobilized truckloads of free water, ice and ready-to-eat food to communities in dire need of these storm-related necessities, primarily in the Outer Banks region of North Carolina," the company reported Thursday. "The company distributed more than 21,600 gallons of water, approximately 20,000 bags of ice and more than 2,000 bottles of bleach to local residents, among other essential items."

Customers in North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland can donate at their neighborhood Food Lion stores. Funds raised through Sept. 6 will support American Red Cross efforts to serve people impacted by the hurricane, Food Lion said.


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