Lowe's pledges $500,000 to First Response Team of America

The Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation is granting $500,000 to the First Response Team of America, a nonprofit disaster response organization.

"When an entire community loses everything they have in just the blink of an eye, it's difficult for residents to know where to start," First Response founder Tad Agoglia said. "In those crucial hours, days and weeks after a disaster, Lowe's Heroes and the First Response Team are there with a unique set of equipment and volunteers. With Lowe's support, we help communities take their first steps toward recovery and rebuilding."

Together, Lowe's and First Response are delivering supplies and helping families that have been affected by the recent flooding in Colorado. Lowe's first partnered with the organization in 2012, during which time the team was busy assisting the needs of Hurricane Sandy victims.

That year, Lowe's Heroes volunteers assisted with recovery needs related to Tropical Storm Debby, Hurricane Isaac and tornadoes in Lancaster, Pa. and Elmira, N.Y.

"Responding to natural disasters and lending a helping hand in times of great need is a commitment Lowe's has made for many years," said Marshall Croom, chairman of the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation. "Our partnership with the First Response Team of America has helped make a larger and more impactful difference on the front lines in affected communities immediately after a disaster."