Publix Supermarket Accepting Donations For Haiti Relief Effort

From Associated Press:

LAKELAND, Fla. —

Grocery store chain Publix Super Markets said Wednesday it will accept donations from customers and employees in Florida to help victims of the earthquake that struck Haiti Tuesday.

The company also said Publix Super Markets Charities will give $100,000 to the relief efforts. The money will be sent to the American Red Cross for the Haiti Relief & Development Fund.

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck just west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday and it is feared thousands have died. President Barack Obama has promised an all-out rescue and humanitarian effort.

Customers will have the option to give any amount by adding it to their grocery bills at checkout. The company said the program would be offered for a few weeks, depending on customer response to it.

Maria Brous, the company’s director of media and community relations, said many Publix employees and their families come from Haiti.

Publix Super Markets Inc., based in Lakeland, Fla., is privately held.

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