Kohl’s Department Stores, SGMC’s Foundation Announce 2015 Program for Kids
2/9/2015Left to right: Bob Foster, SGMC Chief Information Officer; Bill Forbes, SGMC Interim Chief Operating Officer; Suzan Prince, SGMC Foundation Board of Trustee; Ben Blanton SGMC Foundation Board of Trustee; Diane Rodgers, Kohl’s Store Manager; Randy Sauls, SGMC Chief Executive Officer; Cherise Giddens, RN, Interim Chief Nursing Officer, Elizabeth Mink, SGMC Foundation Executive Director; Susanna Dover, SGMC Foundation Assistant; Johnny Ball, SGMC Assistant Administrator Human Resources; Courtney Orr, SGMC Community Health Promotions CoordinatorValdosta, GA. – Kohl’s Department Stores, through the Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, has donated $41,066 to the SGMC Foundation. The donations were collected from Kohl’s stores located in the Valdosta area. Kohl’s as gifted $249,620 to SGMC’s Foundation since 2007.“Kohl’s has been a dedicated supporter of children’s hospitals and children’s health across the country. We are very fortunate to have such a great partner here in Valdosta,” said Elizabeth Mink, South Georgia Medical Center’s Foundation Director.Through the Kohl’s/SGMC Foundation partnership, a program called “Connecting Kids” addresses children’s health and wellness issues. This year, Connecting Kids will promote health and wellness by funding a Bike Smart bike safety rodeo planned for April 2015 and a Kids Safety media campaign during the summer months. The grant also provides for the continuation of the website www.sgmckohls.com which provides health and wellness information to children and parents.Additional programs funded by the Kohl’s Cares® grant in 2015 include collaboration with the Valdosta-Lowndes County Family YMCA to offer a Swim Safety Program. This program will include free swim lessons for children and education on swim safety. Kohl’s commitment to SGMC’s Foundation Connecting Kids program is made possible through the Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl’s sells $5 books and plush toys where 100 percent of net profit benefits children’s health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one.Kohl’s has raised more than $257 million dollars through this merchandise program. In addition to the merchandise program, Kohl’s Cares® features the Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program, which last year recognized more than 2,300 young volunteers with more than $400,000 in scholarships and prizes. Through Kohl’s Associates in Action volunteer program, more than 834,000 Associates have donated more than 2.7 million hours of their time since 2001, and Kohl’s has donated more than $79 million to youth-focused nonprofit organizations.Kohl’s also offers fundraising gift cards for schools and youth-serving organizations. For more information, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares.About Kohl’sKohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with 1,163 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at Kohls.com and via mobile devices.Committed to its communities, Kohl’s has raised more than $257 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com.