Stop & Shop raises huge donation to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Ahold chain raised more than $250,000 in October

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Stop & Shop donated more than $250,000 to the American Cancer Society to support breast cancer research, education and awareness in October, the supermarket chain announced Tuesday.

The company said it donated 5 cents for every pink reusable shopping bag sold through Breast Cancer Awareness Month, for a total of more than $8,400. Customers and employees also raised more than $182,000 to support "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" walks on Long Island and Point Pleasant, N.Y., and Providence, R.I. Meanwhile, partnerships with the chain's private label, General Mills and Proctor & Gamble donated $67,000.

"Stop & Shop is extremely proud of the generosity from our customers and associates to support breast cancer awareness," Stop & Shop New England division spokeswoman Suzi Robinson said. "Breast cancer affects so many lives, and we are overwhelmed by the spirit of everyone who came together once again to make a difference."

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