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Meijer donates to Hurricane Michael relief

October 30, 2018
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Walker-based Meijer, which operates more than 230 stores, began in 1938 when barber Hendrik Meijer purchased $328.76 worth of merchandise on credit to serve customers during the Great Depression. Courtesy Meijer

Meijer has donated funds to a nonprofit that's helping with relief efforts after Hurricane Michael.

Walker-based Meijer said last week it donated $25,000 to Team Rubicon to help support victims in the Florida panhandle in the wake of Hurricane Michael.

“We are saddened to see the effects of yet another destructive hurricane,” said Rick Keyes, president and CEO, Meijer. “We know our support of Team Rubicon will translate into immediate, on-the-ground assistance for the people of Florida who are in such great need right now.”

Volunteers with Team Rubicon are providing disaster relief, including route clearance, debris removal and expedient home repair.

Their aim is to identify the most economically challenged communities and help expedite the recovery process.

“We are actively serving residents impacted by hurricanes Michael, and Florence, while continuing to re-build homes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico a full year after the 2017 hurricane season,” said Jake Wood, co-founder and CEO, Team Rubicon.

Team Rubicon is a disaster relief nonprofit that joins military veterans with first responders to quickly deploy emergency response teams.

Since its founding in 2010, Team Rubicon has responded to more than 300 incidents across the U.S. and world with immediate relief to those impacted by natural disasters and humanitarian crises.

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