St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign begins at Best Buy stores and online

St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign begins at Best Buy stores and online
St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign begins at Best Buy stores and online

 

Richfield, MN, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Riding bikes. Playing with dolls. Throwing the ball around. These are the things childhood should be made of.

Unfortunately, not every little one experiences those simple joys every day. For too many, childhood is interrupted by a life-threatening disease that instead has them undergoing surgeries, getting chemotherapy and waiting for results.

No child should have to live like this. That’s why St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® is there for these kids. St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

St. Jude does all it can to let kids be kids, even while fighting diseases like cancer – from making shots as painless as possible, to ensuring families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. Because St. Jude believes that all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Since the majority of St. Jude funding comes from individual contributors, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most — saving kids regardless of their financial situation. Best Buy customers have helped give hope to countless St. Jude patients by donating nearly $21 million over the last several years. Because of this generosity, Best Buy is again partnering with St. Jude during the St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign this holiday season.

“Time and time again, our customers and employees have shown us that St. Jude is a cause they want to support,” said Best Buy Chief Human Resources Officer Paula Baker. “This generosity and engagement means we can help St. Jude continue to save children from all over the world, as well as those in our own communities.”

Through Jan. 7, donations of $1, $5, $10 or any other amount are being accepted at the registers of every Best Buy store in the U.S. and Puerto Rico (as well as in Magnolia, Pacific Sales and Best Buy Mobile Specialty stores) and at BestBuy.com. Every dollar donated at Best Buy’s nearly 1,400 stores and on BestBuy.com supports the groundbreaking research and exceptional care at St. Jude.

In this season of Thanks and Giving, Best Buy is grateful for the generosity of customers helping St. Jude continue its lifesaving mission: Finding cures. Saving children.

Source: Best Buy

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Best Buy presented $10.2 million to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital from its St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign

Richfield, MN, 2016-Feb-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The recent St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign at Best Buy was the most successful one yet, but it’s the faces behind the cause that really matter. And this week, a group of Best Buy store general managers (GMs) got to see those faces, in person, at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.

The GMs were from the stores that led the company in dollars donated or the percentage of transactions with a donation attached. As recognition for their fundraising, the leaders got to tour the hospital in Memphis and meet with patients and families. The leaders also ran Geek Squad activities that included coding, circuits and showing how music keyboards and game controllers work.

“It’s amazing to come here,” said Tommy Mejia, general manager of Best Buy Store 419 in Salem, N.H. “I felt last year how positive everyone is here and how the money we raise goes to the mission of helping kids fight cancer. This year I got to go in the lab and talk to the researchers who are working to crack the code on cancer.”

Sharon McCollam, Best Buy’s Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer, presented St. Jude with a check for $10.2 million.

“Every time I come to St. Jude, I am overwhelmed not just by the standard of care the families are receiving, but also by the compassion, empathy, love and commitment of the St. Jude staff,” Sharon said. “We are humbled and grateful to partner with St. Jude once again.”

Best Buy welcomes the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign in its stores and online annually during the holiday season. Thanks to the generosity of Best Buy customers, this year the company made its largest donation yet. The contribution may help in any number of ways, including:

  • The ability to fully operate St. Jude for more than 5 days or
  • Providing 1,020,000 meals for St. Jude patients or
  • Covering the cost of 6,919 days of chemotherapy or
  • Paying for bone marrow transplants for 55 children or
  • Financing 2,040 days in the ICU

Every dollar will help St. Jude remain at the forefront of the global effort to research, treat, and defeat childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. In addition, the financial support helps ensure that no family will ever receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. To learn more about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, please visit www.stjude.org.

SOURCE: Best Buy

St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign underway now at Best Buy

Imagine hearing the words, “Your child has cancer.”

Minneapolis, MN, 2015-10-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s something no family should have to experience, and a journey no child should have to endure. Unfortunately, each year thousands of children across the country spend part of their childhood fighting to have a future.

But when you hear the words, “St. Jude can help,” and learn about the life-saving work being done every day at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® … you also hear there is hope.

With the St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign underway now at Best Buy, the company continues its partnership in helping St. Jude find cures for children fighting cancer by accepting donations at more than 1,400 Best Buy store locations and online.

Through Jan. 2, donations of $1, $5, $10 or any other amount are being accepted at the registers of every Best Buy store in the U.S. and Puerto Rico (as well as in Magnolia, Pacific Sales and Best Buy Mobile Specialty stores) and at BestBuy.com.

Thanks to the generosity of Best Buy customers who gave nearly $10 million to St. Jude during last year’s holiday season, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Funding provided to St. Jude also helps ensure it continues to lead the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Treatments developed at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to more than 80 percent today – and St. Jude won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.

In this season of Thanks and Giving®, Best Buy is grateful for the generosity of customers helping St. Jude continue its life-saving mission: Finding cures. Saving children.®

SOURCE: Best Buy

 

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St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign underway now at Best Buy

St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign underway now at Best Buy

Best Buy customers donated more than $9.7 million to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Odessa, Texas, 2015-3-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — This past holiday, Mary Collett’s Best Buy mobile store in Odessa, Texas, was a company-wide leader in contributing to the St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign.

On Wednesday, she got to see first-hand all the good that money can do at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.

“Until you visit St. Jude, you don’t really grasp the immenseness of it all,” she said during the tour of the Memphis-based hospital. “There are so many staff members. So many children. And they’re all so happy. The parents are happy, too. I had a mom give me a hug and say, ‘Thanks for what you do for my children.’”

Collett was one of more than two dozen Best Buy store leaders from across the nation who visited St. Jude’s, capped off by Best Buy’s Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer Sharon McCollam presenting the hospital with a check for more than $9.7 million.

“The men and women of Best Buy are honored to help the children of St. Jude with this donation,” Sharon McCollam said. “We care deeply about St. Jude’s mission and it is heart-warming to know that the fundraising efforts in our stores and the generosity of our customers will help save the lives of some very special children. It is also extremely gratifying to know that the families of these children will never receive a bill. Through donations like ours, St. Jude makes it possible for families to only focus on one thing – making their child well.”

The $9,763,445 comes from Best Buy customers who donated to St. Jude while making their purchases this holiday season – and that total is more than three times Best Buy’s St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign goal of $3 million.

At St. Jude, families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food. During the campaign, which ran from Oct. 26, 2014 through Jan. 4, 2015, customers could make a donation at the register of every Best Buy store nationwide. New this year was a signature-pad prompt that made the donation process easier for employees and customers alike.

Seventy-five percent of the funds necessary to operate St. Jude are covered by public contributions like Best Buy’s, and every dollar given will help to make sure that families of patients never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food. This contribution could:

  • Operate St. Jude for more than four days, or
  • Provide 970,000 meals for St. Jude patients, or
  • Fund 6,580 days of chemotherapy

“As we enter the second decade of our St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign, we could not have asked for a more wonderful performance from our partners,” said Marlo Thomas. “Best Buy and its customers truly came through for us this year, not only raising vital funds for the hospital, but also showing such care and concern for the children and their Moms and Dads.”

Ms. Thomas is the National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the co-creator of the St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign.

To learn more about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, please visit www.stjude.org.

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Best Buy customers donated more than $9.7 million to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Photos: Courtesy of St. Jude