Walter Stewart’s Customers Donate ‘T-Bill’ Rewards to AmeriCares & Red Cross
Together we raised $7289 ($5205 for AmeriCares; $2084 to American Red Cross) to aid victims of Tropical Storm
Walter Stewart’s Market patrons have raised $5,205.00 toward Americares relief efforts for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and $2084 toward the American Red Cross. According to Alex Stewart, shoppers have donated their accumulated T-bill savings at check-out to the organization.
Americares relief workers are on the ground in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, teaming up with local partners to mobilize medical outreach, including the distribution of water, insulin, asthma medication and tetanus vaccines.
Special Events Manager Michelle Aquino noted that more than $9 million in technical assistance, gifts-in-kind and operational support has already been earmarked for partners in the U.S Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, Puerto, Texas and Florida.
“We are like everyone else—we are seeing devastation on the news,” Alex Stewart said. It has affected everyone. It’s a catastrophic thing and so if there’s a way we can help, we will.”
Thousands have lost their homes, and thousands have been rescued since the largest rainfall in mainland U.S. history struck coastal Texas on Friday. At least 15 people have been killed and officials warn that the toll is certain to rise as the full effects of the storm become clear.
Walter Stewart’s customers who participate in the T-Bill Rewards program—a card may be obtained from the store’s customer service staff or online here—will have an option to donate their balances to the fundraising effort. The 1907-established business in recent years has made the same offer following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the 2010 Haiti earthquake, according to the Stewarts.
The aid for Harvey victims is “really customer-driven,” Doug Stewart said.
“We have gotten a lot of feedback from customers asking if they could donate T-bills to help out,” he said.
Under the rewards program, Stewart’s customers accrue points with each purchase they make and can use their balances toward free items in the store or for services, and they can also donate T-Bills back during drives such as this one.