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WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Continuing to assist those who were affected by Hurricane Sandy, the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation, announced on Friday that it is donating $50,000 to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.
Established by Gov. Chris Christie and chaired by First Lady Mary Pat Christie, the relief fund is a nonprofit organization that raises and distributes funds to organizations to support the recovery and rebuilding efforts of New Jersey communities impacted by the storm.
The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund's priority is to work with community-based nonprofit organizations to ensure funds address needs not met by FEMA, insurance and immediate disaster response organizations. Allocations from the fund will be made in stages, allowing for qualifying organizations to assess their changing needs as the recovery process continues. The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund supports healthcare-related initiatives, such as mental health services, as well as financial counseling and assistance for those who have lost homes and jobs.
"We know that many of the people we serve in New Jersey continue to struggle in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and we share Gov. and Mrs. Christie's dedication to rebuilding affected communities," stated Eileen Howard Boone, president of CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. "As a pharmacy healthcare provider, we are committed to providing assistance where it's needed most and support the mission of the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund to provide support to programs that address the unmet needs of communities throughout New Jersey."
To date, the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and CVS/pharmacy have provided more than $200,000 in support of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, including support to the Red Cross, Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund and Jewish Family Services of Atlantic County. In addition, CVS/pharmacy continues to operate a mobile pharmacy in Margate City, N.J., at the site of its closed store at 9301 Ventnor Ave. in Margate City, N.J., to ensure that affected communities continue to have access to their prescribed medication.