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Racing for Relief: Lowe's, Johnson Support Red Cross

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 2, 2005) – Lowe’s and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson are “Racing for Relief” to generate funds for disaster relief efforts from Hurricane Katrina.

Lowe’s will donate $480 for every lap of the scheduled 250 laps Johnson completes this weekend at California Speedway. If Johnson wins the race, Lowe’s will donate an additional $4,800.

In another show of support, Johnson personally has pledged $48,000 to the program. Additionally, Lowe’s is matching customer contributions up to $1 million.

“My wife Chandra and I have been watching some of the accounts of the devastation and we felt that we needed to help in some way,” said Johnson, who has been involved with the American Red Cross for three years. “Our team has been able to raise more than $200,000 with Racing for Relief over the years and we felt it was the perfect way to help get the word out about how people can help those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

“I know many people in the racing community live in the area where the hurricane hit. This is our opportunity to offer our support.”

“Money raised through the Lowe’s Racing for Relief will help the American Red Cross provide for people’s basic needs—food, shelter, clothing and medical assistance—following Katrina and the thousands of other disasters that the Red Cross responds to each year,” said Kathleen Loehr, vice president of strategic fundraising at the American Red Cross. “We can, and will continue to be there for victims of disaster because of the financial support provided by companies like Lowe’s and people like Jimmie Johnson.”

Lowe’s supports the American Red Cross as part of its commitment to help people recover and rebuild their lives following natural disasters.  Lowe’s serves as an official Red Cross cash donation site and responds to disasters by contributing to local and national Red Cross disaster relief funds, donating product and supplying volunteers.

Anyone interested in making donations to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund may go to any Lowe’s store nationwide or make an online donation at www.lowes.com or www.redcross.org.

ABOUT LOWE’S:
Lowe’s is a proud supporter of 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.

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation awards more than $3 million annually to diverse organizations across the United States.  Lowe’s also encourages volunteerism through the Lowe’s Heroes program, a company-wide employee volunteer initiative.

Lowe’s is a FORTUNE 50 company with fiscal year 2004 sales of $36.5 billion and has more than 1,125 stores in 49 states.

For more information, visit Lowes.com/community

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