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 TROY, Mich., July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Kmart Corporation (NYSE: KM) today announced the second phase of a multi-step relief effort to benefit flood victims along the Mississippi. The company will ship seven truckloads of bottled water to communities near St. Joseph, Mo., and contribute an additional $28,000 through its Kmart stores in 14 communities ravaged by the floods. The funds will be used to help relief efforts of The Salvation Army and American Red Cross.
 The funds will be distributed on behalf of Kmart stores in St. Louis, Hannibal, Jefferson City, Columbia, O'Fallon, St. Charles, Florissant, and Arnold, Mo.; Quincy, Granite City, and Alton, Ill.; Keokuk, Burlington, and Dubuque, Iowa.
 Kmart's employee volunteer organization (VOICES) at its Troy headquarters will donate $2,000 to the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army.
 Other elements of the Kmart multi-phase relief efforts include the donation of 500 cartons of clothing and linens to World Vision Relief for use in its flood recovery program. Kmart-owned OfficeMax has donated $33,500 worth of basic office supplies to The Salvation Army in an effort to help small businesses in Des Moines, Iowa. Kmart also is participating in a $5 battery rebate program with Exide Corporation to help ensure flood-damaged automotive and marine batteries are properly discarded.
 On Monday, July 26, Des Moines Mayor John Pat Dorrian presented Kmart District Manager Dave Niegsch with the key to the city in recognition of Kmart's flood relief efforts which previously included a $20,000 contribution to the American Red Cross, distribution of fresh water and other needed supplies.
 Through Kmart stores' Good News Committees numerous relief projects are under way. In St. Louis, Kmart employees worked with Federal Express and the March of Dimes to collect more than $15,000 and new baby supplies such as diapers and formula.
 In Clarksburg, W.Va., four truckloads of merchandise and bottled water were collected for delivery to flood victims. Kmart employees in Pekin, Ill., and St. Paul, Minn., collected other supplies to benefit their local Red Cross and Salvation Army chapters.
 Kmart Corporation serves America with more than 4,000 retail outlets in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Kmart, currently operating 2,417 Kmart stores, is also the parent company for PACE Membership Warehouse, Builders Square, PayLess Drug Stores, Waldenbooks, The Sports Authority, OfficeMax and Borders.
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 /CONTACT: Jan Potter, administrator, Corporate Contributions, Kmart, 313-643-5009/

CO: Kmart Corporation; The Salvation Army, American Red Cross ST: Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa IN: REA SU:

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