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Ralphs, Food 4 Less announce children’s hospital fundraising campaign

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES — Kroger banners Ralphs and Food 4 Less are raising funds to support children’s hospitals.

The chains’ children’s hospital fundraising campaign will run from Jan. 29 to May 19. Ralphs will support children’s hospitals in Southern California, while Food 4 Less will raise funds for children’s hospitals in Southern California, southern Nevada and the greater Chicago area. The supermarket chain’s Foods Co Division also is collecting donations for children’s hospitals in central and northern California.

"Ralphs believes strongly in giving back to the communities our stores serve," Ralphs president Donna Giordano said. "We’re pleased to extend our commitment to community service to our local children’s hospitals. We cannot think of a better way to invest in our communities than by giving families and children hope through our support of the outstanding work these hospitals are doing to provide world-class medical care for children."

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NRF takes ‘Retail Means Jobs’ campaign to Orlando, Fla.

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation is moving forward with a campaign that seeks to show the role the retail industry plays in powering economic growth and job creation, and engages business, political, industry and civic leaders in a conversation about the retail industry’s public policy priorities.

NRF said its Retail Means Jobs campaign, which launched last fall, made a stop in Orlando, Fla., this week, where president and CEO Matthew Shay addressed hundreds of business and industry leaders gathered at the Association of Golf Merchandisers’ Orlando Retail Conference and the 2012 PGA Merchandise Show, where he detailed the retail industry’s top public policy priorities, and NRF’s jobs, innovation and consumer value agenda.

“In the retail industry, we have a vision for a more hopeful future,” Shay said in prepared remarks. “It’s a vision for creating millions of new jobs, so we can put Americans back to work. It’s a vision for spurring innovation, so we can speed the flow of business and improve service. And it’s a vision for delivering value for consumers, so we can put the American dream within reach of every American family.”

“Our campaign is called ‘Retail Means Jobs’ — and for good reason.” Shay said. “Retail supports one in four American jobs — 2.6 million jobs here in Florida alone. Retail generates almost one-fifth of our nation’s GDP. And retail contributes billions to other industries — from manufacturing to real estate to finance.”

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Walgreens helped raise $1.4 million-plus for JDRF in 2011

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Walgreens and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on Thursday jointly announced that Walgreens’ community-based programs helped raise more than $1.4 million in 2011 for JDRF causes. The year marked the 20th anniversary of Walgreens’ partnership with JDRF to raise funds for research to put an end to Type 1 diabetes.

During back-to-school season throughout the month of August, as part of the Walgreens Way to Well Commitment, customers at more than 7,500 Walgreens stores could make donations of $1 or more at checkout. This effort alone raised more than $1.4 million for JDRF. Through Walgreens’ Crayola Campaign, $1 from every Crayola crayon 64-pack purchased at Walgreens in August benefited JDRF, raising an additional $20,000 for the charity.

"Walgreens is proud to support JDRF, and we’re thankful to our customers and employees who have helped raise more than $18 million toward Type 1 diabetes efforts over the past 20 years," stated John Gremer, director of community affairs for Walgreens.

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