West Sacramento-based grocer Raley's said today that store customers and employees raised $74,220 for the Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund, established to help tornado victims devastated by late spring storms.
Checks for more than $37,000 have been presented to the respective regional chapters of the American Red Cross and Salvation Army, who will distribute funds for the Oklahoma relief effort.
Raley's said the funds were raised in just four weeks through the company's Food For Families collection boxes.
"Once again, when America is hit with a tragedy, Americans respond and the money generously donated by Raley's customers and employees will have a very positive impact on the lives of so many people trying to rebuild and recover," said Raley's spokeswoman Jennie Teel-Wolter.
On May 20, a Category EF5 tornado with winds topping 200 miles per hour touched down near Moore, Oklahoma, cutting a 17 mile-long path of destruction. Twenty three people were killed and more than 375 injured.
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