Release: National 9.22.08

September 23, 2008

Americans Urged to Support American Red Cross Disaster Relief Efforts for Hurricanes of 2008

Donations now accepted through Coinstar Centers® at retail locations nationwide

WASHINGTON – September 22, 2008 – Americans can help the Red Cross provide disaster relief to those affected by the recent hurricanes by donating their coins at the Coinstar Center at grocery stores or other retail locations. Simply select the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund or enter code 7000. These funds enable the Red Cross to provide immediate food, shelter, counseling and other assistance to those in need.

“We are thankful that Coinstar is activating this donation vehicle for the Disaster Relief Fund,” said Jeffrey Towers, chief development officer for the American Red Cross. “With the support of Coinstar, the Red Cross continues to help those who are confronting disruptive and devastating circumstances this hurricane season.”

Coinstar Inc., a national fundraising partner of the Red Cross, has mobilized its network of retailer-based machines to accept donations in the form of loose coins to aid the victims of disasters. Donations to the Disaster Relief Fund enable the Red Cross to provide victims with the most immediate basic needs. The Red Cross and Coinstar Inc. have partnered in disaster fundraising efforts since 2001. During the response to Hurricane Katrina, Americans donated more than $600,000 through Coinstar Centers.

“In the wake of a disaster it is encouraging to know that communities come together to help their neighbors,” said Alex Camara, senior vice president and general manager of worldwide Coin, Coinstar, Inc. “The hurricanes have affected thousands of Americans, and, as their neighbors, we can make a big difference by donating much needed funds to the American Red Cross.”

About Coinstar, Inc.
Coinstar, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSTR) is a multi-national company offering a range of 4th Wall(TM) solutions for the retailers’ front of store consisting of self-service coin counting, electronic payment solutions, entertainment services, money transfer and self-service DVD rental. The company’s products and services can be found at more than 50,000 retail locations including supermarkets, drug stores, mass merchants, financial institutions, convenience stores and restaurants. Coinstar has collected more than $28 million in consumer coin donations.

Media Contact:

  • American Red Cross Public Affairs Desk: (202) 303-5551

Press Release: National 9.18.08

September 18, 2008

Lowe’s Donates $1 Million to Red Cross Disaster Relief

WASHINGTON, Thursday, September 18, 2008 – Lowe’s Companies, Inc. has donated $1 million to the American Red Cross in response to Hurricane Ike, a storm that has caused upheaval throughout Texas and the Midwest. Teresa Johnson, Lowe’s Regional Vice President of Stores, presented the check to Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern in Houston.

“This hurricane season has been very tough for millions of people throughout the Gulf Coast. Even as media attention moves on, the devastation remains, as does the need for food, shelter and other critical services. We are thankful that Lowe’s recognizes these needs and is helping the Red Cross meet them,” stated McGovern.

“Lowe’s is committed to supporting the causes important to the communities we serve. In times of disaster, there’s no more important cause than providing much-needed relief for our neighbors, customers and employees,” said Teresa Johnson, regional vice president, Lowe’s. “This $1 million donation to the American Red Cross, as well as the money raised through the generosity of Lowe’s customers, will provide storm victims with help in their time of need.”

In addition to their generous $1 million donation, Lowe’s has initiated several means to raise money for Red Cross disaster relief:

  • Lowe’s has implemented a customer donation program in all of their 1,575 stores nationwide, which benefits Red Cross relief efforts for all of the 2008 hurricanes. The company will match in-store contributions dollar-for-dollar, up to $250,000.
  • Team Lowe’s Racing will implement “Racing for Relief” this weekend at the Dover 400 race at the Dover International Speedway. Jimmie Johnson drives the #48 Lowe’s Impala SS, so for each lap that Johnson completes, Lowe’s will donate $48 to the Red Cross. If Johnson wins the race, Lowe’s will donate an additional $4,800.
  • Lowe’s is tagging their commercials with messages to encourage people to donate to the “Hurricanes of 2008” at Lowe’s stores.

Lowe’s has a strong history of partnering with the Red Cross in disaster relief. Since 1999, Lowe’s has raised more than $17.5 million for the nonprofit organization.

About Lowe’s

Lowe’s is a proud supporter of the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity International, United Way of America, and the Home Safety Council, in addition to numerous non-profit organizations and programs that help communities across the country. In 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $27.5 million to support community and education projects in the United States and Canada. Lowe’s also encourages volunteerism through the Lowe’s Heroes program, a company-wide employee volunteer initiative. Lowe’s is a FORTUNE(R) 50 company with fiscal year 2007 sales of $48.3 billion and has more than 1,575 stores in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit

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