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Lowe’s and the USO have announced the creation of the Lowe’s USO Family Fund, proceeds of which will support USO family programs such as the “With You All the Way!” deployment kit, “United Through Reading,“ and USO Operation Phone Home.

These programs help deployed service members who are abroad and their families stay connected and help those who remain at home prepare for the separation while their family members are away.

Team Lowe’s Racing driver Jimmie Johnson and country-music artist Darius Rucker will host a special concert highlighting the Lowe’s USO Family Fund on the SPEED Channel airing at 7 p.m. on May 29, 2010, the night before the 600-mile Sprint Cup Series Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Donations can be made to the fund by visiting www.uso.org/lowes, by texting USO to 50555 for a $5 donation, or by calling 1-800-876-7469 and using giving codes "Lowe’s,” “Jimmie Johnson,” or “Racing.”

During the May 30 Sprint Cup race, the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet will also have a special patriotic paint scheme in recognition of Memorial Day and will feature donation information on the team’s pit wall banner.

“Every year we do something different to show our support of the military during this race weekend,” said Johnson, who will be trying for his fourth win in the Memorial Day weekend race. “Both of my grandfathers served in the military, so I am especially proud to be partnering with my Lowe’s family for the Lowe’s USO Family Fund. The money raised will help those deployed and their families back home.”