Lowe’s marks anniversary of Sanford destruction

Marking the one-year anniversary of the April 16 tornado that destroyed the retailers Sanford, N.C., store, Lowe’s today launched a “Give Back. Pay it Forward” event with American Red Cross.

From April 13-17, Lowe’s has set up collection areas in Sanford and online so people can donate to the relief organization. The American Red Cross will also host a blood drive on April 16 at the store.

On April 14, American Red Cross representatives will distribute disaster preparedness tips and be on hand to answer questions from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sanford store.

The Mooresville, N.C.-based company’s Sanford store that received national attention after its destruction April 16, 2011, reopened Sept. 8.