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ROBIN ERICKSON
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Wednesday, April 2, 2003
CVS Supplies Rhode Island Troops with Comfort Kits -- Company working with American Red Cross to deliver 1,700 kits filled with much-needed items to soldiers heading overseas.

Woonsocket, Rhode Island: CVS/pharmacy today demonstrated its commitment to supporting the brave men and women of the Rhode Island Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve by delivering 1,700 Comfort Kits to the Rhode Island chapter of the American Red Cross.

Adm. Barbara McGann & Jack Kramer, Vice-President, CVS/pharmacy
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American Red Cross of RI Volunteers
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Members of ARC of Northern Rhode Island, who assembled all 1,700 CVS Comfort Kits
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The Red Cross will hand-deliver the donated kits to each Rhode Island soldier who is being deployed overseas.

The CVS Comfort Kits contain many personal items that soldiers will find useful once they are on duty in the Gulf region, including soap, razors, lotion, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, and pain relievers. The products were selected with input from both the American Red Cross and the Rhode Island Army National Guard. A total of almost 19,000 individual items make up the 1,700 Comfort Kits.

All of us at CVS are very proud of our local National Guard and Army Reserve troops who are serving our nation during these uncertain times, said Jack Kramer, Senior Vice President of CVS/pharmacy. We hope these Comfort Kits will remind our deployed Rhode Island troops of the support they have here at home. We look forward to their safe return, along with the return of all of our armed forces deployed overseas.

With record numbers of troops being deployed locally, providing a Comfort Kit to every soldier was becoming a major financial hardship for the Red Cross, Barbara E. McGann, CEO, American Red Cross of Rhode Island, said. CVS has really come to the rescue in supplying these kits and the Red Cross is deeply grateful for their generosity and partnership in this project.

Also supporting this effort is the ARC of Northern Rhode Island, a non-profit human service agency that provides support and services for people with developmental disabilities, which donated their time and manpower to assemble each of the 1,700 CVS Comfort Kits.

About CVS/pharmacy

CVS is Americas #1 pharmacy, dispensing more retail prescriptions in more states than any other pharmacy in the U.S. CVS has created innovative approaches to serve the healthcare needs of all its customers through more than 4,100 CVS/pharmacy stores; CVS ProCare, its specialty pharmacy business; CVS.com, its online pharmacy; and PharmaCare, its pharmacy benefit management company. General information about CVS is available through the Companys website, at http://www.CVS.com.

About the American Red Cross of Rhode Island

The American Red Cross of Rhode Island is a volunteer organization working to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Each year, Red Cross volunteers provide food, clothing and shelter to over 1,000 Rhode Islanders who suffer a house fire or other disaster. The Red Cross also serves as the communication link between Rhode Island families and their loved ones serving in the armed forces overseas. While the American Red Cross is chartered by Congress to provide disaster relief, it is not a government agency and relies on donations to fund its work. For more information about the American Red Cross of Rhode Island, visit: www.riredcross.org.

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