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Pleasanton Weekly

- August 16, 2013

Raley's donations to tornado victims reaches $75,000

Contributions come from customers, employees

Raley's Supermarket in Pleasanton has joined with other Raley's-owned stores in raising nearly $75,000 in employee and customer contributions for victims of last June's devastating tornado near Oklahoma City.

Raley's absorbed all administrative costs to ensure that 100% of the money raised through collection boxes at the stores will reach the Oklahoma victims.

The donations were split between the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army with each organization receiving a check for $37,110.22 to be used in their relief efforts.

"Once again, when America is hit with a tragedy, Americans respond, and the money generously donated by Raley's customers and employees will have a very positive impact on the lives of so many people trying to rebuild and recover," said Jennie Teel-Wolter, Raley's community relations manager.

Last May 20, a Category EF-5 tornado with winds topping 210 miles per hour touched down near Moore, Okla., for 39 minutes, cutting a 17-mile-long path of destruction that was more than a mile wide at its peak. Twenty-three people were killed and more than 375 people injured.

"A big thank you to Raley's and all of those who donated for their support," said Kathleen Weis, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Capital Region. "We are humbled by the generosity demonstrated by the customers and employees of Raley's."

Major Bill Dickinson, Salvation Army divisional commander of the Del Oro Division, agreed.

"This is another great example of the incredible generosity of this community," he said. "This will go a long way to provide any assistance now and in the future to the families and individuals in Oklahoma."

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