Grocery chains’ fundraising for past year tallied, called a success

Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets customers and associates once again showed support for local sick and injured kids treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals throughout 2013, according to a news release.

Stores in four states raised funds during a summer Miracle Balloon icon campaign, a two-week Holiday Candle icon campaign, and their local golf event, totaling a record of $3,352,801 for eight Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

As with all Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraisers, dollars generated from the chains’ 2013’s in-store campaigns stay local to benefit sick and injured kids in the community in which funds were raised. These funds help create miracles by funding medical care, research and education that saves and improves the lives of millions of children treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each year.

“We are so thankful for Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets for another successful fundraising year,” John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, said according to the news release. “Funds generated through these annual campaigns provide life-saving care and needed treatments for eight of our member children’s hospitals. The dollars raised are so vital to our hospitals’ operations and local community care.”

The supermarket chains surpassed their 2012 fundraising total of $3,147,532 by more than $200,000, the news release said. The company has raised more than $34 million for sick and injured kids in its 18-year partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

“Thanks to the generosity of our customers, our associates and our vendor partners, Giant/Martin’s has been proud to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for nearly two decades,” said Larry Stover, senior vice president of store operations. “As part of our company’s promise to be a better neighbor, we remain committed to improving the life of children in the local communities we serve through a variety of health and wellness initiatives and contributions.”