ATLANTA, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the advancement of his dream, The Home Depot(R), the world’s largest home improvement retailer, will be offering a collector’s edition “Dream” gift card at all stores nationwide and online at homedepot.com/dream.
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Beginning January 15 through February 28, consumers can purchase the “Dream” gift card and The Home Depot will donate five percent of sales to the Center for Civil and Human Rights, up to $1 million. This donation will go toward building a permanent home for the personal papers of Dr. King and will be a critical part of the exhibition offering at the Center for Civil and Human Rights.
“The building of this historic exhibition is an endeavor that aligns directly with our company’s core values of celebrating diversity, practicing inclusion and serving our local communities,” said Marvin Ellison, executive vice president of U.S. Stores. “Over the past few years, The Home Depot has made a significant investment to help acquire these historic documents. We look forward to building a home for this piece of American history that will live right here in our own backyard.”
In June 2006, The Home Depot helped to bring the King Papers to Atlanta by donating $1 million to help acquire the historic papers. The donation from the “Dream” gift card sales will assist in the building of a permanent exhibition home for an extensive collection of 10,000 original documents by Dr. King, including 7,000 handwritten notes, drafts of his “I Have a Dream” speech, his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” and other theological writings.
In addition, The Home Depot will continue its efforts to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by posting a personal message from Atlanta’s Mayor Shirley Franklin and The Home Depot’s Executive Vice President of U.S. Stores Marvin Ellison about this mission at youtube.com/homedepot. Viewers who visit the site can also share how they would use their “Dream” gift card to service their community via video responses.
About The Home Depot
The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,274 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces, Mexico and China. In fiscal 2007, The Home Depot had sales of $77.3 billion and earnings from continuing operations of $4.2 billion. The Company employs more than 300,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index. HDG
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