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The Rite Aid Foundation Awards $2.3 Million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

October 14, 2019 GMT

CAMP HILL, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 14, 2019--

The Rite Aid Foundation announced today that it’s awarding $2.3 million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the nation through a special KidCents Grant Program. The grants will enable local children’s hospitals to advance initiatives focused on improving the health and wellbeing of children in the communities Rite Aid serves.

“Rite Aid and The Rite Aid Foundation have been passionate supporters of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for 25 years. Through our annual in-store Miracle Balloon Campaign and other special events, we’ve raised more than $92 million for local children’s hospitals,” said Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. “We are excited to expand the reach of our partnership and help local children’s hospitals make an even greater difference in their communities.”

KidCents Grants awarded to children’s hospitals in targeted communities range from $49,124 to $300,000 and support existing programs or initiatives focused on children’s health and wellbeing.

Specific Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and programs receiving funding include:

Penn State Children’s Hospital
Hershey, Pa.
The program provides scholarships for children with special medical needs to attend one of 11 medical camps. These camps give kids the chance to experience everything from swimming to rock climbing in an environment that’s medically safe. Kids build self-esteem, learn new skills and meet new friends who face similar challenges. The camps also provide respite time for caregivers. In some cases, this is the only week of the year when they are not on call 24/7.

Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle, Wash.
Science education outreach programs help address gaps in science education for students from low-resource schools. The programs are focused on stimulating an interest in science in elementary school students, as well as providing training and developing job skills in science and healthcare for high school students through experiential learning activities and field trips.

Akron Children’s Hospital
Akron, Ohio
A Safe Sleep Campaign, conducted in partnership with multiple community partners, provides Safe Sleep Kits to at-risk families in Summit, Portage and Stark counties. All families receiving Safe Sleep Kits will participate in an educational session, which includes an overview of recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Ohio Department of Health ABCs of Safe Sleep education, and a presentation of safe crib set-up and tear-down. Participants are also required to demonstrate proper crib assembly.

“We want to thank The Rite Aid Foundation for this incredible gift to fund medical camps for Penn State Children’s Hospital patients. With this donation, we will be able to send more than 250 kids to 11 camps next summer. These specialized camps provide kids a week without limits,” said Deborah Berini, president of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. “Whether kids have a ventilator, battle a heart condition, or deal with a behavioral challenge, these campers have the chance to swim, rock climb and meet new friends who are just like them in an environment that is medically safe. Rite Aid’s increased support of camps is such a meaningful way to celebrate the company’s 25-year partnership with Penn State Children’s Hospital. Thank you for giving kids the gift of growing up!”

Rite Aid has been supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for a quarter of a century. Every year, Rite Aid associates from across the country come together to raise money through the annual Miracle Balloon Campaign. In 2018, the campaign raised $4.5 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to help administer life-saving care, purchase medical equipment and provide critical funds to more than 90 hospitals located in Rite Aid communities.

About The Rite Aid Foundation

Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $63 million to nonprofit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $92 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.

About KidCents

Through the KidCents program, members of Rite Aid’s loyalty program, wellness+ rewards, can round up their in-store or online purchases to the nearest dollar and donate their change to KidCents. Members can also choose to direct their change to a specific KidCents charity by visiting www.kidcents.com. Through KidCents’ Step Up Fund, The Rite Aid Foundation provides a matching donation of $500 for every $500 a charity raises in contributions through the wellness+ rewards program, up to a maximum of $5,000. For more information, visit www.kidcents.com.

About Rite Aid Corporation

Rite Aid Corporation, which generated fiscal 2019 annual revenue of $21.6 billion, is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with 2,464 stores in 18 states and pharmacy benefit management (PBM) capabilities through EnvisionRxOptions and its affiliates. At Rite Aid, we have a personal interest in our customers’ health and wellness and deliver the products and services they need to lead healthier lives. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

KidCents Grants were awarded to support the following hospitals:



New York

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles: $300,000


Cohen Children’s Medical Center: $300,000

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego: $100,000


John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital: $100,000

CHOC Children’s: $88,498



UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals: $50,000



UC Davis Children’s Hospital: $50,000


Akron Children’s Hospital: $49,124

Valley Children’s Hospital: $50,000








OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital: $100,000

Boston Children’s Hospital: $100,000








Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: $300,000

Johns Hopkins Children’s Center: $50,000


Penn State Children’s Hospital: $283,000



UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh: $100,000



Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital: $50,000

Beaumont Children’s: $95,300






New Jersey


Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters: $50,000

Children’s Specialized Hospital: $50,000






Seattle Children’s: $100,000


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