CONCORD, N.C. – Thursday morning, the No. 48 pit crew joined over 1,200 associates at Lowe's Mooresville campus to assemble hurricane relief kits for those in need.
Lowe’s will distribute a total of 25,000 buckets, which contain cleaning gloves, bleach, bottled water, trash bags and other essential items, to those in Houston and the surrounding areas, making this the largest bucket brigade in the history of the program.
In addition to contributing over $500,00 in product donation to fill the buckets, Lowe's made a $500,000 donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
“It’s very humbling to see what Lowe’s is doing," said Ryan Patton, rear-tire carrier for the No. 48 team. "It’s amazing to see their involvement and their commitment to helping others.
"It was great to see the excitement of the Lowe’s associates pitching in and working together to pack these supplies to be shipped. We are just honored to be a part of it and spend the morning with them.”
Front-tire carrier R.J. Barnette commended Lowe’s for rising to the occasion to impact the community.
“It’s awesome to have Lowe’s on board with us, they have been very supportive of our race team,” Barnette said. “It’s great to see them step up in a situation like this and help out people that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey and the surrounding areas.”
On Tuesday, No. 48 driver Jimmie Johnson, along with his fellow teammates Kasey Kahne, Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr., launched a disaster relief fund for hurricane victims with a goal of raising $500,000 in two weeks.
The four NASCAR Cup Series drivers and the Hendrick Motorsports organization have committed a combined $200,000 to establish the fund and are now encouraging the public to join the effort by making a donation before midnight ET on Wednesday, Sept. 20.
To make a contribution to the Hendrick Relief Fund click here.