Grocery chains raise funds for children’s hospitals

Customers at Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets recently supported the grocers’ annual in-store balloon campaign for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raising $558,361. From June 22 through July 5, customers could purchase a paper balloon at any Giant/Martin’s checkout for a $1 donation.

“As part of our commitment to living and giving in the communities that we serve, Giant/Martin’s is proud to support CMN Hospitals and all the children who are fighting for good health,” Tom Lenkevich, president, said. “Thank you to all of our customers and associates who donated to CMN Hospitals during our most recent campaign.”

For the past 18 years, Giant/Martin’s has raised more than $34 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals throughout its market area, a news release said. Giant/Martin’s conducts balloon and candle paper icon in-store campaigns annually. In addition associates also regularly volunteer at hospital events, including radio and television telethons.

The following Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals benefited from this summer’s paper balloon campaign: Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, The Janet Weis Children’s Hospital at Geisinger, Children’s National Medical Center, University of Virginia Children’s Hospital, Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, and Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the alliance of premier hospitals for children, is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America, the news release said. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals are well-known for providing the finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries of every kind.

Headquartered in Carlisle, Giant/Martin’s operates nearly 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets. Giant/Martin’semploys more than 31,000 associates. Founded in 1923, Giant and Martin’s have a long-standing commitment to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children in addition to working with hundreds of local organizations annually.