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Meijer launches Simply Give donation campaign

BY Alaric DeArment

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer will fund local food pantries by doubling every customer’s $10 donation next month, the mass-merchandise retailer said.

As part of the spring "Simply Give" campaign, the company will double donations made April 12-13 to restock shelves of pantries that were depleted during the holidays. Meijer said customers have donated nearly $5 million — equal to 30 million meals — since November 2008.

"Our customers never cease to amaze us with their continued support of our Simply Give program," co-chairman Hank Meijer said. "This initiative is a great way to thank them for their generosity by stretching their hard-earned contributions even further and ensuring our food pantry partners have the supplies they need to feed an increasing number of hungry neighbors."

 

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Martin’s donated more than $2.2 million to Va. charities in 2012

BY Alaric DeArment

CARLISLE, Pa. — Martin’s Food Markets donated more than $2.2 million in the Richmond and Williamsburg, Va., areas in 2012 as part of its "Living Here, Giving Here" charitable program, the supermarket chain said.

Martin’s, part of Ahold USA’s Giant-Carlisle chain, said the donations broke a record. The money will go to hunger-relief, animal welfare and poverty relief groups, schools, the United Way, USO of Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia and others.

"Martin’s is so proud to be part of the vibrant Richmond and Williamsburg communities, and I want to thank all of our associates for their passion and enthusiasm as we brought our charitable giving to a new height in 2012," Martin’s regional VP Jim Scanlon said. "Along with our associates, customers and vendors, we believe we can make a difference in the lives of children and help eradicate hunger within the neighborhoods we serve."


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Rite Aid supports ‘Epic’-themed fundraising campaign

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CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is tying in its fundraising efforts for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals with an upcoming children’s movie.

The retail pharmacy chain announced it would kick off its 19th annual campaign for the group tied in with "Epic," the 20th Century Fox Films movie that will be in theaters starting May 24. The animated movie tells the story of a teenage girl who is magically shrunk to meet a group of warriors who protect the natural world.

Through May 11, Rite Aid stores will sell "Epic"-themed Miracle Balloons for $1, which will benefit local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Customers who purchase the Miracle Balloons will receive $5 in coupon offers.

"Through this promotion with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and 20th Century Fox Films, our generous customers and the efforts of our associates, our goal is to raise even more this year, truly making an ‘Epic’ difference in the lives of sick and injured children in our communities," Rite Aid COO and Rite Aid Foundation president Ken Martindale said.

The announcement comes days after Rite Aid said it had raised a record $5.9 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 2012.


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