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MOORESVILLE – More than 1,300 Lowe’s volunteers from the Mooresville corporate office and Statesville distribution center assembled 20,000 buckets of disaster relief supplies during the company’s third “bucket brigade” July 17.

The effort helped commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Lowe’s Employee Relief Fund, which was established to help employees in the face of natural disaster. The fund has expanded to support other financial hardships.

In all, $4.4 million in financial assistance has been provided to North Carolina employees since the fund’s inception, including more than $710,000 to employees in the greater Charlotte area.

Lowe’s vendor partners donated more than $1 million in products to fill the buckets, including gloves, bleach, trash bags and other essentials needed to clean up following a major storm. Lowe’s plans to send some of buckets to the Gulf Coast to support Barry cleanup efforts.

Twelve thousand buckets from last year’s event were distributed at Lowe’s stores along the North Carolina coast following Hurricane Florence.

In the three years it’s hosted this event, Lowe’s corporate office has assembled 55,000 buckets to aid communities impacted by natural disaster.

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