OKLAHOMA CITY and SAVANNAH, Ga.—Love’s Travel Stops reports it has raised more than $2.8 million for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) through its annual campaign for the nonprofit.
The official campaign took place from Aug. 26 to Sept. 30, when customers could participate in store fundraisers, purchase balloons or CMN Hospitals merchandise and round up their change at registers. Love’s is allowing customers to continue rounding up their change through the end of the year.
"Once again, our customers and employees stepped up in a huge way with this year's Children's Miracle Network Hospitals campaign," said Jenny Love Meyer, chief culture officer and executive vice president for Love's, based in Oklahoma City, Okla. "Donating to this organization is one of our favorite events each year because we get to help children and their caregivers across the country."
Said Teri Nestel, president and CEO of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, "The generosity of Love's employees, customers and beyond is vital to help support the needs of our local children's hospitals. The pandemic has created many complex challenges for hospitals and health systems alike, causing the demands placed on these caregivers to be greater than ever. This company's passion for protecting children's health today, while also preparing for tomorrow, underlines our vision: Together, we can change kids' health and change the future. For all of us."
Meanwhile, Enmarket, based in Savannah, Ga., partnered with the Georgia-South Carolina Region of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) for its Light The Night campaign for the ninth year to raise over $125,000 to help in the fight against blood cancers, according to a news release.
Enmarket launched its company-wide initiative in September across Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina by encouraging customers to donate at checkout to benefit LLS.
“Over the past nine years, Enmarket’s customers have joined with us in raising nearly $900,000 to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during this campaign,” said Brett Giesick, president of Enmarket. “Next year, when we support Light the Night for the tenth year, our goal is to cross the million-dollar mark.”
Light The Night is a series of fundraising campaigns benefiting LLS and its funding of research to find blood cancer cures. Culminating in inspiration and memorable evening walks every fall, participants in 140 communities across North America join together carrying illuminated lanterns to take steps to end cancer—white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer.
The funds raised through Light The Night are used for:
- Research to advance lifesaving therapies like immunotherapy, genomics and personalized medicine
- Free blood cancer information, education and support for patients and families
- National and local advocacy efforts to drive policies that accelerate new treatments and ensure patients have access to care so that they can live longer and healthier lives