PetSmart Charities donates $300,000 to facility dog provider Canine Companions for Independence

Grant Will Place Six Facility Dog Teams in Regions Across the Country to Support 15,600 Individuals per Year

PHOENIX and SANTA ROSA, CALIF., 2017-Nov-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Facility dog provider, Canine Companions for Independence, today (Nov. 7, 2017 ) announced its receipt of a $300,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America.

The grant is designed to help Canine Companions provide assistance dogs to six facilities across the U. S. through its renowned Facility Dog program, which pairs expertly trained dogs with professionals working in rehabilitation, healthcare, education and courtroom settings. In these environments, facility dogs perform a variety of services for clients, such as helping students to focus in class, or providing support to a patient in a medical or psychiatric rehabilitation program. The six facility dogs are expected to impact hundreds of clients’ lives each week and more than 40,000 individuals per year.

Canine Companions assistance dogs, including facility dogs, learn more than 40 commands to help enhance independence for children, veterans and adults with disabilities. Assistance dogs can retrieve dropped items, open doors, turn on lights and more. Facility dogs utilize these commands in a variety of therapeutic ways, such as improving balance in a physical therapy session by gently tugging on a toy, helping with fine and gross motor skills by retrieving and returning items to clients, and providing a calm and non-judgmental presence for practicing speech therapies.

For example, Canine Companions Facility Dog Igor’s job is to encourage and motivate children during physical therapy sessions.

“They have such a great time interacting with Igor that they often do not even realize how hard they are working. They are working on walking, increasing their balance and soon they are running with Igor trying to keep up,” says physical therapist and handler Teresa Keathley. “Igor helps motivate children to perform activities that are challenging in a way that is non-threatening and comfortable for them. He also helps to calm children when they are experiencing pain or fear.”

Currently, the Facility Dog program supports 324 active dog-handler teams, which serve about 8-10 years. The PetSmart Charities grant will allow this program to expand with six more dog-handler teams to serve 40,000 more individuals per year. Collectively, the overall Facility Dog program directly impacts the lives of more than 16,000 individuals weekly, or more than 800,000 individuals each year.

“Since 1975, Canine Companions has strived to provide clients the support and comfort they need to live an independent life through our Facility Dog program,” said Paul Mundell, CEO of Canine Companions. “We appreciate that PetSmart Charities shares our belief in the partnership between pets and people, and we’re grateful for this generous grant that will allow us to expand the work that we do that improves the quality of life for so many people.”

The $300,000 grant from PetSmart Charities will be distributed over the next three years to enable the Canine Companions team to raise, train and place six facility dogs in regions across the U.S. within hospitals, health care centers, rehabilitation centers, educational settings, or courthouses. As the first and largest, certified organization that trains and places highly skilled dogs in facilities, Canine Companions’ Facility Dog program has a waiting list of more than 50 facility dog handlers, who have undergone an intensive application and interview process, and are waiting to be paired up with the highly trained facility dog so together they can provide support and assistance for clients within a large organization.

“As an organization that believes in the power of pets, we are thrilled to support the work Canine Companions for Independence is doing to enhance the lives of people through its Facility Dog Program,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., and president of PetSmart Charities. “With the help of our grant, this well-established program can continue to expand its reach to meet the increasing need for the life-changing service that facility dogs can provide to individuals with disabilities or illnesses.”

PetSmart Charities recently expanded its mission to include finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. This new mission allows the organization to support animal welfare programs in more ways than ever before, and even reach other nonprofits, like Canine Companions, that help connect people and pets. The new Enhancing the Quality of Life Through Pets grant category, open year-round for applications, supports programs that train pets to become service animals for military veterans, people with disabilities and other in-need populations, and provides funding for pet therapy programs at hospitals, schools, and senior homes and more.

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About Canine Companions for Independence®
Canine Companions for Independence provides highly trained assistance dogs to children, adults and veterans with disabilities. Established in 1975, Canine Companions has six training centers across the country, including CA, FL, OH, NY and TX. Canine Companions is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. There is no charge to recipients for the dog, its training and ongoing follow-up services. For more information, call 1-800-572-BARK or visit

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About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization with a mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. In addition to finding homes for almost 500,000 shelter pets each year through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities provides funding to nonprofits aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support:  Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the pin pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores.  In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar donated and has become the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, donating about $300 million to date. PetSmart Charities, a 501(c)(3) organization, has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, an independent organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 14 years in a row — placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization.  To learn more visit

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BJ’s Wholesale Clubs donates to St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore to help families in need this Thanksgiving

BJ's Wholesale Clubs donates to St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore to help families in need this Thanksgiving
BJ’s Wholesale Clubs donates to St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore to help families in need this Thanksgiving


BALTIMORE, 2016-Nov-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — This November, 400 families will receive a turkey and all the trimmings for their Thanksgiving meal, thanks to the generous donation provided by St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore’s Parish Conference at Immaculate Conception-St. Cecilia and the BJ’s Wholesale Clubs in Baltimore, Canton and Owings Mills. Earlier today (Nov. 2, 2016), BJ’s presented a check to St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore to help families in need just in time for Thanksgiving.

Immaculate Conception-St. Cecilia’s Parish Conference, under the auspices of St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, assists families in the community in need of food. More than 765 volunteer members at 38 parish-based St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore’s Conferences, part of the larger National St. Vincent de Paul Society Network, provide a network of support for people suffering from the effects of poverty in communities throughout the Baltimore Archdiocese. Conference members provide food, utility and rent assistance, and other items of necessity to help neighbors in need through difficult times.

One in four children in Baltimore is at risk of hunger and one in eight Maryland households face a constant hunger battle.  Among them are Baltimore residents who live in “food deserts” or neighborhoods whose residents lack access to affordable and healthy foods due to the lack of supermarkets with fresh foods, access to transportation, and low household income.  The challenges of hunger extend beyond those unable to afford food to include those whose only food options are ones that lack nutrition.

“We look forward to providing hundreds of families with a Thanksgiving meal this giving season,” said St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore President & CEO John Schiavone. “BJ’s is a wonderful community partner to both St. Vincent de Paul and our parish conferences.”

Through charitable giving, community relations programs, product donations and grants from BJ’s Charitable Foundation®, BJ’s Wholesale Club supports and enhances programs that provide vital services within each community. They focus primarily on children and families with the goal of creating a positive, long-lasting impact.

“Giving back to our community is important to us,” said Anna D’Addario, General Manager of BJ’s Wholesale Club in Canton, MD. “BJ’s is happy to partner with St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore to provide turkeys and fresh foods to local families in need.”

For media and photo opportunities, please contact Christine Runion at 410-662-0500 ext. 226.

For over 150 years, St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore has been a leading provider of community services to people suffering from the effects of hunger, homelessness, and poverty in Baltimore, Maryland.  We are proud to be a United Way Impact Partner and to be recognized by Maryland Nonprofits with the Seal of Excellence for maintaining the highest standards of ethics and accountabilities in nonprofit governance, management, and operations.

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Kohl’s Cares® donates $1.5 million to Milwaukee Art Museum to support Kohl’s Art Generation Program

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) announced a donation of more than $1.5 million over three years to the Milwaukee Art Museum. Funding for the donation is made possible by the Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which throughout the year sells children’s books and toys with 100 percent of the net profit benefiting children’s initiatives. The financial support allows the Museum to continue the family-friendly Kohl’s Art Generation program, an interactive art experience in the community.

“Kohl’s wants to create opportunities for families to spend time together in a rich and memorable way. We know children enjoy the Kohl’s Art Generation program just as much as their parents do. The program connects people with the arts while making everyone feel like they belong at the Museum,” said Jen Johnson, Kohl’s vice president of corporate communications.

The Kohl’s Art Generation program was created in 2008 as a youth arts education initiative. Before partnering with Kohl’s, the Museum served about 9,000 family participants each year. Since then, the program has seen remarkable growth and now reaches more than 300,000 participants each year.

“The Kohl’s Art Generation program has completely changed the face of the Museum, making it a destination for families looking for creative experiences,” said Brigid Globensky, Milwaukee Art Museum senior director of education and programs. “We are thrilled to continue partnering with Kohl’s to provide fun and interactive programs at a time when creativity is increasingly important to our community’s future.”

Kohl’s Art Generation programming includes:

• The Kohl’s Art Generation Studio, a hands-on art studio that features a variety of activities, with a new theme each month. Families can stop in for a few minutes or spend the entire day creating art together. The studio is open on Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the first Friday of each month, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with special hours during school holiday breaks.

• The Kohl’s Art Generation Gallery, a devoted space for interactive exhibitions, designed to introduce families to artists and artworks in the Museum’s Collection. The current exhibition, Rubbish!, open through October, explores artists who use discarded materials to create their artwork. There will be three new exhibitions in November 2016, September 2017 and November 2018. The gallery is open during Museum hours.

• The Kohl’s Art Generation Lab, a space dedicated to the Museum’s Haitian art collection. Families can come together and immerse themselves in Haiti’s culture through art, photography, music, and a variety of activities. The lab is open during Museum hours.

• Kohl’s Art Generation Family Sundays, lively weekend event that turns the entire Museum into an art extravaganza. Families can explore the Museum, watch live performances, meet visiting artists, tour through the galleries and more. Family Sundays happen five times per year. The next event, Día de los Muertos, takes place on Sunday, October 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Kohl’s Color Wheels, a traveling art studio that visits schools and festivals to provide hands-on art activities in the community. The mobile unit is active throughout the year. Families can create projects together inspired by the Museum’s Collection and special exhibitions.

Since 2008, Kohl’s has donated more than $8 million to the Milwaukee Art Museum. To learn more about the Museum and Kohl’s Art Generation programming, visit

About Kohl’s
Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at and via mobile devices. Committed to its communities, Kohl’s has raised nearly $300 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit

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About the Milwaukee Art Museum
Home to a rich collection of more than 30,000 works of art, the Milwaukee Art Museum is located on the shores of Lake Michigan. Its campus includes the Santiago Calatrava–designed Quadracci Pavilion, annually showcasing three feature exhibitions, and the Eero Saarinen–designed Milwaukee County War Memorial Center and David Kahler‒ designed addition. The Museum recently reopened its Collection Galleries, debuting nearly 2,500 world-class works of art within dramatically transformed galleries and a new lakefront addition.


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PetSmart donates $25,000 and all puppy essentials to America’s VetDogs to support NBC’s TODAY “Puppy with a Purpose”

PHOENIX and NEW YORK CITY, 2016-Aug-24 — /EPR Retail News/ —North America’s leading pet specialty retailer, PetSmart, and America’s beloved national morning show, NBC’s TODAY, has announced their collaboration on “Puppy with a Purpose,” TODAY’s 16-month series where a puppy is raised and trained to serve those in need and his progress is featured as part of the daily show.

The pet-centric content series on TODAY was launched last year with “Wrangler,” who went on to be a guide dog. This year, the “Puppy with a Purpose” is a two-month-old male black lab who will be trained by America’s VetDogs to serve as a service animal for a disabled military veteran. Yesterday, the puppy’s name was chosen through national online voting and revealed this morning. Charlie is the winner!

As part of the collaboration, PetSmart has donated $25,000 to America’s VetDogs, TODAY’s partner that provides custom-trained service dogs to veterans and first responders with disabilities. PetSmart has also outfitted the puppy’s in-studio home on TODAY and delivered all the puppy essentials Olivia Poff, the dog’s raiser, will need for the puppy’s first life stage. PetSmart will continue to provide pet supplies as Charlie matures, and will also support the “Puppy with a Purpose” series with expert resources including tips on puppy care, safety, grooming and ways to include pets in celebrations.

“Last year, we watched Wrangler every step of the way as he flourished into an amazing guide dog and we just knew we wanted to join in and support this important work on TODAY,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer experience officer, PetSmart. “We love pets and we know they make us better people, and the value of a service dog to a person in need is even more crucial to that person’s quality of life. We are proud to support this program and look forward to watching Charlie develop into a loyal and caring companion to a chosen military veteran in about 16 months.”

Aligned with the American theme for a dog serving a military vet, PetSmart chose several puppy essentials for Charlie and his trainer, Poff, including a comfy cuddler bed, sized perfectly for the new puppy stage; a monogrammed cozy fleece blanket; feeding bowls; red and blue collars, comfort harnesses and leashes; crate set-up including mattress insert; a range of puppy toys across the chew, active, cuddle and puzzle categories; at-home grooming supplies from iconic human brands, Burt’s Bees and CHI, which is exclusively available at PetSmart; and puppy solutions like flea & tick treatments and multi-vitamins.

Tune in to TODAY’s “Puppy with a Purpose” every weekday and watch as PetSmart continues to support Charlie. Check out our puppy product collection at

About PetSmart
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate 1,466 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and 203 in-storePetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including,, Pet360.comand – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 500,000 homeless pets each year.

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ABOUT America’s VetDogs
Since 2003, America’s VetDogs ( has trained and placed guide and service dogs to provide independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship to veterans with disabilities from all eras. In 2015, VetDogs opened its programs to first responders, including fire, police, and emergency medical personnel.  America’s VetDogs is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded by the Guide Dog Foundation. VetDogs relies on contributions from generous individuals, corporations, service clubs, and foundations to fund its mission to help those who have served our country live with dignity and independence. It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog, but America’s VetDogs provides its services completely free of charge to the individual.

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The Starbucks Foundation donates $100,000 to the American Red Cross to support flood relief efforts in southern Louisiana

The Starbucks Foundation donates $100,000 to the American Red Cross to support flood relief efforts in southern Louisiana
The Starbucks Foundation donates $100,000 to the American Red Cross to support flood relief efforts in southern Louisiana


Seattle, 2016-Aug-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Starbucks Foundation will donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross to aid the relief efforts in response to the devastating rain and flooding in southern Louisiana. In addition, the company has made an in-kind donation of packaged food, which American Red Cross staffers and volunteers will distribute to impacted residents and first responders.

“We continue to keep those impacted by the flooding in our thoughts and prayers,” said Derrick Pratt, Starbucks regional vice president. “We will support disaster relief efforts and help the people in the region during this difficult time.”

Customers and partners (employees) who wish to aid in the recovery may text “LAFLOODS” to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief or visit the American Red Cross website.

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CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation donates $100,000 to organizations providing relief efforts to flood victims in central Louisiana

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2016-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation today (August 18, 2016) announced a $100,000 donation in cash and in-kind support to organizations providing relief efforts to flood victims in central Louisiana, including the Salvation Army USA Southern Territory and the American Red Cross.

The CVS Health Foundation made a $50,000 to the Salvation Army USA Southern Territory which reported that more than 11,000 people remained in shelters this week after flooding forced rescues and evacuations in southern Louisiana. They are providing meals, water, hygiene kits, clean-up kits and other much-needed items to help those who have been affected by the floods.

“We are deeply saddened by the devastating floods in Louisiana and the catastrophic effect it’s having on our customers and colleagues in the community,” said Eileen Howard Boone, SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy at CVS Health, and President of the CVS Health Foundation. “We’re committed to ensuring that residents hit hard by the historic flooding have continued access to critical pharmacy care services and the support they need to recover and rebuild.”

In addition, CVS Health is donating $50,000 worth of products including infant care, personal hygiene and over-the-counter items to the American Red Cross, Direct Relief and the Office of Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden. These donated goods will be distributed to Baton Rouge locations that are supporting displaced residents and first responders and their families including Bethany Church South, East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Medical Services, Care South and Southeast Community Health Systems. The CVS Health Employee Relief Fund will also be providing support to colleagues who have been affected by the disaster.

As a result of the flooding, CVS Pharmacy is also deploying a mobile pharmacy in the parking lot of the Denham Springs location, which is currently closed due to water damage. Beginning Saturday, August 20, customers will be able to pick up their prescription medications at the mobile pharmacy as well as purchase a variety of over-the-counter medications. Nearby CVS Pharmacy store locations at 29881 Walker Road South in Walker, as well as 15255 George O’Neal Road and 11430 Florida Boulevard in Baton Rouge remain open and ready to serve patients whose pharmacies were impacted by the storms.

CVS Health has a longstanding commitment to Louisiana and a tradition of providing financial support and other services to communities nationwide affected by natural disasters and other tragedies. In May, CVS Pharmacy opened its New Orleans Lower Ninth Ward location, becoming the first major retailer to build in the neighborhood since Hurricane Katrina.

As the nation’s largest pharmacy innovation company, CVS Health contributed more than $80 million in 2015 to communities around the country through the CVS Health Foundation, corporate grants, gifts in-kind, and employee volunteerism.

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CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 80 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at

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SUPERVALU donates $100,000 to Feeding America to support its mission to end hunger

SUPERVALU donates $100,000 to Feeding America to support its mission to end hunger
SUPERVALU donates $100,000 to Feeding America to support its mission to end hunger


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn, 2016-Aug-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Representatives for Feeding America were on hand last evening at SUPERVALU’s 2016 National Expo to accept a $100,000 donation in support of the organization’s mission to end hunger. The donation was made possible through the collective efforts of SUPERVALU, and the independent grocery retailers and consumer packaged goods companies attending and exhibiting at this year’s Expo.

“All of the grocery retailers and companies involved in this effort know how important it is to give back to their communities,” said Mike Stigers, SUPERVALU Executive Vice President, Wholesale. “With this in mind, we thought the Expo provided the perfect opportunity to join together for the first time to make a difference for hunger relief in the communities where we live and work.”

The donation was presented to Bob Chatmas, chief operating officer of Second Harvest Heartland, a Minneapolis-St. Paul Feeding America member food bank, prior to a Wednesday night celebration featuring a performance by singer, songwriter and platinum record producer Andy Grammer, who has partnered with Feeding America to raise awareness for hunger relief as a member of its Entertainment Council.

Joining Stigers in the check presentation were National Grocers Association President and CEO Peter Larkin, Todd Tillemans, Executive Vice President of Customer Development at Unilever, and Brian Audette, Senior Vice President, Sales, Merchandising and Marketing at SUPERVALU.

“One in seven Americans struggles to get enough food to eat,” said Audette, who is also a Second Harvest Heartland board member. “This donation will make a tangible impact by providing food for those in need. For every $1 received, Feeding America is able to help provide 11 meals to people facing hunger. We are so grateful to the collective efforts of SUPERVALU and all of the independent grocery retailers and companies at the National Expo who helped to make this donation possible.”

Feeding America is the nation’s leading hunger relief organization with 200 member food banks serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Together, they provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America.

SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU) is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $18 billion. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 3,342 stores composed of 1,773 stores operated by wholesale customers serviced primarily by the company’s food distribution business; 1,368 Save-A-Lot stores, of which 896 are operated by licensee owners; and 201 traditional retail grocery stores (store counts as of June 18, 2016). Headquartered in Minnesota, SUPERVALU has approximately 40,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU, visit

About Feeding America:
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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Staples donates $131,447 for school literacy projects listed on in Los Angeles

Staples donates $131,447 for school literacy projects listed on in Los Angeles
Staples donates $131,447 for school literacy projects listed on in Los Angeles


LOS ANGELES, 2016-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) announced that all music and arts projects, all college and career prep projects and all middle school and high school literacy projects posted on in Los Angeles received full funding as part of Staples’ $1 million donation to, a charity that has funded more than 700,000 classroom projects for teachers and has positively affected more than 18 million U.S. students.

As part of the Staples for Students program, Staples and Katy Perry continue to help teachers across the country this back-to-school season. Staples funded the balance of every music and arts project, college and career prep project and middle school and high school literacy projects listed on in Los Angeles. With a donation of $131,447, Staples helped 121 teachers make more happen in local classrooms, impacting more than 15,500 students across 97 schools in the community.

For example, Mrs. Letford at New Academy Elementary School will receive new xylophones, ribbon bands and a new flute so her students can continue to express themselves through music and dance.

Katy Perry said, “When I teamed up with Staples in 2014, I learned firsthand how desperately teachers need our support, with many of them having to dig into their own pockets to provide simple tools that we would expect to already be available in our classrooms. So when Staples approached me again this year, I jumped at the opportunity because I saw the lasting effect our collaboration had on and thousands of teachers and students. I believe in education as the foundation for a great life, so I want to make sure that students across the country are inspired by their teachers and are afforded opportunity to realize their dreams.”

Driven by insight from the Education Market Association that an estimated 99.5 percent of all public school teachers’ use their own money to equip their classrooms, Staples takes great pride in helping to alleviate some of the pressure placed upon teachers.

“We’re overjoyed to partner with Katy Perry again to highlight the impact teachers have on our children’s lives and the need to support classrooms,” said Frank P. Bifulco, Jr., executive vice president global marketing, Staples. “Knowing that teachers spend an average of more than $400 per year from their own pockets to better prepare their classrooms, Staples is committed to supporting in order to help teachers and contribute to a fulfilling learning experience.”

Katy Perry and Staples have also collaborated to create a public service announcement that is currently airing nationwide, further increasing visibility around the need to celebrate and support teachers.

“We’re so thankful for the continued support from Staples and its loyal customers, as well as Katy Perry, which has helped bring classroom dreams to life for countless teachers and students nationwide,” said Charles Best, founder of “Staples’ million dollar donation to will go a long way to helping educators across the country, like those supported today in Los Angeles.”

Donate in Stores or Snap to Help Local Teachers
Katy Perry has been helping Staples raise awareness of how easy it is to support teachers by making a $1 donation either in stores or online at, with proceeds funding projects. Beginning in early August, every customer who donates in-store will receive a free, exclusive Katy Perry pencil, while supplies last.

Los Angeles residents can secure more donations for their local classrooms by using the Staples for Students Snapchat Geofilter. Beginning August 4th and running through August 6th, every use of the Staples for Students Snapchat Geofilter will trigger a $1 donation (up to $5,000) from Staples to be used towards Los Angeles classroom projects on The Geofilter will be available for use in the Staples store in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw shopping plaza (located at 3701 W. Santa Rosalia Driver) and in the surrounding area.

Sponsored Geofilters allow brands to take part in Snaps sent between friends on Snapchat – a platform used by over 100 million people each day. When Snapchatters take a Snap in a certain area, they’ll be able to see a Geofilter and use it to explain where, when and why they took the Snap.

Win a $50,000 Scholarship and Chance to Meet Katy Perry
Now through September 10, 2016, fans who spend $25 or more in any Staples store will receive a unique entry code on their receipt to enter the sweepstakes online at

One grand prize winner will win a $50,000 scholarship plus a trip for two to Los Angeles to meet global pop music star, Katy Perry. Four first prize winners and one guest each will also win air travel to Los Angeles and accommodations for two nights to meet Katy Perry at the VIP Winners Celebration.

Entries must be submitted before September 10, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET. Entrants must be 13 years or older. Visit for official rules.

About Staples, Inc.
Staples retail stores and help small business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop, all backed with a lowest price guarantee. Staples offers businesses the convenience to shop and buy how and when they want – in store, online, via mobile or though social apps. customers can either buy online and pick-up in store or ship for free from with Staples Rewards minimum purchase. Expanded services also make it easy for businesses to succeed with in-store Business Centers featuring shipping services and products, copying, scanning, faxing and computer work stations, Tech Services, full-service Print & Marketing Services, Staples Merchant Services, small business lending and credit services.

Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., helps mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers make more happen by offering a curated assortment of products and services combined with deep expertise, best-in-class customer service, competitive pricing and state-of-the art-ecommerce site. Staples Business Advantage is the one-source solution for all things businesses need to succeed, including office supplies, facilities cleaning and maintenance, breakroom snacks and beverages, technology, furniture, interior design and Print & Marketing Services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. operates throughout North and South America,Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at

About Staples for Students
Staples has a long history of supporting students, teachers and classrooms. Staples for Students is an ongoing program that helps students and teachers with the school supplies and essential items needed to achieve success in education. The Staples for Students campaign has included school supply drives, support for teachers in classrooms, donations for education projects, classroom initiatives such as Designed by Students, and the sale of products that give back to communities and classrooms in need.

Founded in 2000, makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Teachers at over 70 percent of all the public schools in America have created project requests, and more than 2 million people have donated over $425 million to projects that inspire them. Over 18 million students—most from low-income communities, and many in disaster-stricken areas—have received books, art supplies, field trips, technology, and other resources that they need to learn.


Kristine Houston

Carrie McElwee

Source: Staples, Inc.


The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program donates $25,000 to the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2016-Jul-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program announced today a $25,000 donation to the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program, a Detroit-based nonprofit that empowers Detroit youth to be positive and productive members of society through education, athletics, mentorship and intervention. The donation, which was announced during today’s episode of RACHAEL RAY, will support program operations as it works towards helping its students stay on the right path through mentorship and academics. The Rite Aid Foundation also provided the organization with $5,000 worth of school, office, first aid and cleaning supplies.

“It’s clear that Rachael Ray shares Rite Aid’s core value of being a caring neighbor, which is why we are thrilled to partner with her in supporting the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program,” said Ken Martindale, CEO of Rite Aid stores, president of Rite Aid Corporation and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “This unique organization is truly making a difference in the lives of every child who walks through its doors and we hope our donation will help them continue serving Detroit youth through the coming year.”

The Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program (DBG) is a free after school educational resource for Detroit youth. The organization currently serves 110 students between the ages of 5 and 18, with more than 600 on a waiting list. To date, the organization has seen a 100% high school graduation rate and most of those students go on to college. For more information, visit

“Thanks to the generous donation provided to us by The Rite Aid Foundation we are able to help our members learn, grow and realize their full potential,” said Khali Sweeney, Founder of Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program. “Partners like The Rite Aid Foundation and Rachael Ray are helping us positively impact each and every child we have the opportunity to work with, promoting our children’s long-term health and the stability of the overall community.”

In Michigan, Rite Aid employs more than 4,300 at its 274 stores and distribution center, including 183 associates at its 11 stores in the city of Detroit.

KidCents was developed by The Rite Aid Foundation to provide Rite Aid customers an opportunity to do even more to help the kids in the communities Rite Aid serves. Through KidCents, members of Rite Aid’s wellness+ with Plenti program can round up their in-store or online purchases to the nearest dollar and give their change to one of more than 360 nonprofit organizations focused on improving the health and wellbeing of children.

Nonprofit organizations interested in participating in The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program can visit to submit an application. To be eligible, an organization must be classified as exempt from federal tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and meet the KidCents program guidelines. For more information, visit

Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $25 million to non-profit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $75 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at

Since 2007, Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program, – now housed at 6445 E. Vernor Highway – has provided a safe haven for children ages 5 to 18. Much more than just boxing, Founder and Program Director Khali Sweeney developed a place for students to learn how to study through tutoring, a gym that teaches discipline through boxing and a community center that instills pride in all who participate through voluntary service. For more information, visit

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Now in its 10th season, RACHAEL RAY is a daily, one-hour, syndicated show and among the top-ranked daytime programs on television and was the No. 1 syndicated strip launched in the 2006-07 season. RACHAEL RAY won the Outstanding Talk Show-Entertainment Emmy® in 2009 and 2008 and was nominated for one 2015 Daytime Emmy® award, five 2014 Daytime Emmy® awards, a 2013 Daytime Emmy® award, three 2012 Daytime Emmy® awards, two 2011 Daytime Emmy® awards, and three 2010 Daytime Emmy® awards. RACHAEL RAY is distributed and produced by CBS Television Distribution in association with Harpo Productions, Scripps Networks and Watch Entertainment. Janet Annino is the Executive Producer. CBS Television Distribution is a unit of CBS Corp.


Kristin Kellum

Source: Rite Aid

PAK’nSAVE donates $5,000 to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Jul-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — PAK’nSAVE has concluded its superhero-themed birthday celebrations by donating $5,000 to one of the country’s most important charities, the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

Throughout last week, the home of New Zealand’s lowest prices became the headquarters of Super Stickman and his sidekicks – all in the name of raising funds for very worthwhile cause.

Anyone who dressed up as a superhero and took their photo in-store with Super Stickman went into the draw to win a $1000 grocery gift card, and earned a donation for the Foundation.

Steve Bayliss, Group General Manager Marketing, Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd, says the customer response was impressive, with a wide array of costumes worn in-store and photos uploaded to Facebook.

“As expected, our stores were visited by a lot of Superboys and Spidergirls, and it’s certainly brought a lot of colour and character to our aisles during these wintry school holidays,” says Bayliss.

“The most impressive entry, however, was that sent in by Sade Murray, who not only got dressed up herself but also got five kids in costume and to pose with Super Stickman.”

“As a result of this superhero effort, Sade has won the $1000 gift card from PAK’nSAVE, which she says will be used to feed the children she looks after through her home-based child care business.”

In addition, Bayliss says PAK’nSAVE will donate $5000 to the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation.

“This year’s birthday celebration was all about recognising the work the Foundation does to combat a disease that affects far too many Kiwis and their families.”

“While they may not see themselves as heroes, but in our view, just one life saved is an act of heroism, and hopefully our $5000 will go a little way towards helping the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation achieve just that.”

NZ Breast Cancer Foundation chief executive Evangelia Henderson says the $5000 donation will be used to support more of the work the Foundation does.

“This includes helping to fund research into breast cancer treatments, provide support services for those with the disease, and the ongoing promotion of breast cancer awareness.”

Foodstuffs North Island Support Centre (Auckland)
60 Roma Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1041
PO Box 27-480, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
DX Box CX 15021, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440

Phone:+64 9 621 0600
Fax:+64 9 621 0601


PAK'nSAVE donates $5,000 to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation
PAK’nSAVE donates $5,000 to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation

Source: Foodstuffs North Island Limited

Almeera Donates QR300,000 to Qatar Charity

QATAR, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Since the beginning of the this year, the value of donations collected from the remaining dirhams while purchasing at Almeera branches, reached approximately QR 75,000 donated to Qatar Charity. While the total value of donations since activating the dirhams donation service (through cashiers at 41 Almeera branches in Qatar) reached more than three hundred thousand Qatari Riyals, helping  Qatar Charity while supporting community development projects at home and abroad.

The donation comes as a part of wider contribution facilitated by a series of agreements that has been entered by Qatar Charity since 2012 with malls, allowing the donations of the remaining Dirhams (coins) from shoppers while purchasing. Donated coins are added to customer billings and accredited to the account of Qatar Charity later on. Over the time, the value of this project proves its viability, while seeing the results of those donations, proving the great influence that small change can do on the beneficiaries among the poor and needy.

Fruitful Cooperation
For his part, Mr. Ali Atiq Al Abdullah Executive Director for Local Development in Qatar Charity stated that the continuation of this project testifies the impact of the donations even if it is little.

In 2015, the donations of (25 and 50 dirhams) coming from shoppers in the account of Qatar Charity reached around QR 230,000. Since the beginning of this year and so far, the donation reached up to QR 75,000. Bringing the total donations to QR 300,000 coming from dirhams. It is a large amount for many of the projects that supports the lives of needy and poor families, which their daily income may not exceed a few riyals.

Al Abdullah praised and thanked Al Meera for their continuous cooperating and effective contributions to QC on humanitarian and charitable work. Last Ramadan, Al Meera had provided six additional sites to QC for donation collection desks, making it easier for the donors to donate. Further, Al Abdullah added that the money collected were devoted to Qatar Charity projects at home and abroad, especially projects of (feeding and watering) which has the great reward from (Allah swt), being vital to the beneficiaries assuring their basic needs.

For his part, deputy CEO of Al Meera , Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Qahtani said:

“We are delighted about our contribution to support many community activities, initiatives and events that reflect the commitment of Al Meera  towards the society in our beloved country. Our partnership with Qatar Charity is of much interest to us as we consider that the most important thing to various institutions is to recognize the deep need for synergies between them in order to spread innovative giving concepts. In Al Meera, we always strive to achieve balance between our work in the retail sector and our duty toward the less fortunate groups around us, and are always ready to renew cooperation with Qatar Charity and Other associate humanitarian institutions to extend a helping hand to those in need of it.”

Small Change, Big Change
Donors can easily contribute to the project at different branches of Al Meera by asking the cashiers to add a donation with the change value to their bills. Donations made at all sale points are collected and transferred by the end of each month to Qatar Charity.

Believing in the important role of community partnerships and collaboration, and the social responsibility of corporates, Qatar Charity had signed several similar agreements with a number of banks, companies and institutions to achieve communal values, contributing to community development and charitable giving for many of those in need around the world.


Tel: 40119111/40119112
Fax: +974 40119186

Source: Al Meera

Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger Campaign donates $1.19 million in cash and products to hunger-relief organizations in the Northeast

Scarborough, Maine, 2016-Jul-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hannaford Supermarkets recently donated 4,000 cases of food to hunger-relief organizations in the Northeast, the final installment of $1.19 million in cash and product donated to food banks, pantries and meal programs through the Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger Campaign.

The donations come at a time of year when food donations typically are in a lull, and were generated during a program held during the 2015 holiday season. Hannaford helps Fight Hunger has raised $6.5 million since it began in 2008.

“Hannaford is proud to partner with our customers in helping to provide nutritious food to our neighbors who are struggling financially,” said Eric Blom, Hannaford spokesman.  “By working together, we can make sure that no one in our community need go hungry.”

The Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger Campaign had three parts:

• Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger Boxes: Customers purchased boxes of food staples for $10 and chose whether to have the box delivered to the local pantry or donated it personally.
• Register Donation: Customers donated money to their state food bank, in $5 increments, at the register.
• Buy One, Give One: Hannaford donated specific products identical to those items purchased by customers during a four-week period.

Each Hannaford store determined what local food pantries to support. Stores competed with one another to encourage donations, and those supermarkets with the highest level of giving receive additional cash donations from Hannaford to be contributed locally.

The annual Campaign is an extension of the work that local Hannaford stores and distribution centers engage in daily. Hannaford donated more than 20 million pounds of rescued food to Northeast hunger relief in 2015.

About Hannaford Supermarkets
Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 189 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Hannaford employs more than 27,000 associates. Additional information can be found at


Eric Blom

Source: Hannaford



Federated Co-operatives Limited donates 400 cans of paint to restore buildings that were damaged or are being rebuilt in Fort McMurray

Alberta, Canada, 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The effort to help Fort McMurray residents rebuild their homes and community received a colourful boost from Co-op today. Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) donated 400 cans of paint to restore buildings that were damaged or are being rebuilt.

“Co-op is fundamentally committed to serving and caring for western Canadian communities—it’s part of our identity,” said Ron Healey, Associate Vice-President Ag and Home. “We’re glad that we can play a small part in helping Fort McMurray, a community in need right now, with resources and encouragement so that it can thrive again.”

The donation was made at the Saskatoon Co-op Home Centre on Circle Drive. To celebrate the donation, representatives from FCL, Saskatoon Co-op and the mayor of Saskatoon began painting a mural and writing messages of encouragement to Fort McMurray. Saskatoon residents are being invited to help paint the mural and send their own messages throughout the week.

“Most people in Western Canada have a connection with Fort McMurray through friends or family. I believe we are all looking for an opportunity to provide support to that community,” said Grant Wicks, General Manager of Saskatoon Co-op.

The mural and messages will be applied to the semi trailer that delivers the paint donation. The semi trailer will also make stops at Co-op home centres in North Battleford, Sask., Stony Plain, Alta. and St. Paul, Alta., this summer. Residents of those communities will be able to complete the painting and send messages from their communities to Fort McMurray.

This is the first donation made from the new Co-op Communities in Full Colour program. Through this program, more than $400,000 worth of Co-op Imagine paint will be donated annually to community projects. Local community groups can apply for a paint donation at their local Co-op home centre.

This initiative for Fort McMurray is the latest in a series that co-ops, members and customers have made to culminate in more than $750,000 for the relief and rebuilding effort. Co-op members and customers have donated more than $400,000 at their local co-ops to the Red Cross efforts. Local retail co-ops across Western Canada have given more than $160,000. FCL has also provided $100,000 directly to the Red Cross relief efforts in Fort McMurray and had previously dedicated another $100,000 to the Red Cross as part of an ongoing agreement to annually pre-position funds and supplies in preparation for emergencies in Western Canada.


Federated Co-operatives Limited donates 400 cans of paint to restore buildings that were damaged or are being rebuilt in Fort McMurray
Federated Co-operatives Limited donates 400 cans of paint to restore buildings that were damaged or are being rebuilt in Fort McMurray

Source: COOP