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Kohl's stores support Children's Hospital, health care

Kohl’s Department Store, through the Kohl’s Cares for Kids program, has donated $28,700 to the MUSC Children’s Hospital. The donations were collected from Kohl’s stores located in Summerville and Myrtle Beach. Kohl’s has gifted approximately $110,000 to the  Children’s Hospital since 2004.
“Kohl’s has been a great supporter of the Children’s Hospital and children’s health across the country. We are very fortunate to have such a great partner here in the Lowcountry,” said John Sanders, Children’s Hospital administrator. “Along with the donations which allow us to continue programs and develop new ones to benefit our families, Kohl’s A-team (employees’ volunteer group) volunteers on a regular basis to make many of our community outreach events a success.”
This year’s grant will support an online podcasting and radio program, Kohl’s Take a Minute for Kids. The Take a Minute for Kids radio campaign will offer parents and families in a 10-county region the latest pediatric health, safety and prevention information from the pediatric experts at MUSC Children’s Hospital. The campaign will host monthly topics regarding pediatric issues pertinent to the season and/or month on Charleston’s WIWF, 96.9 FM and WSSX, 95.1 FM and Myrtle Beach’s WMYB, 92.1 FM and WYNA, 104.9 FM. To complement the radio campaign, the hospital will create a Kohl’s Take a Minute for Kids Podcast series and web page.
“Kohl’s introduced the Kohl’s Cares for Kids program to promote children’s health and educational opportunities, and is committed to playing an active role in the communities we serve,” said Julie Gardner, senior vice president and chief brand officer of Kohl’s Department Stores.  “We’re proud of the partnerships we’ve created with children’s hospitals across the country, and are excited to join MUSC Children’s Hospital in this endeavor.”
Future topics for the series and radio segments include car seat safety, burn prevention, motor vehicle injury prevention and safety, wellness and exercise, obesity, asthma, ATV safety, importance of wearing helmets, sports safety, and child-specific health care facilities. These segments will give Children’s Hospital and Perinatal Services staff a chance to interface with communities, in addition to expanding MUSC Children’s Hospital community outreach efforts to the Myrtle Beach area.
Kohl’s commitment to MUSC Children’s Hospital is made possible through the Kohl’s Cares for Kids program, which raises funds for children’s health and educational opportunities through the sale of special gift items, most often a choice of an educational book or plush toy.  Net profits from the sales go to support children’s health and educational opportunities in the market areas served by Kohl’s. 
Kohl’s community outreach also includes Kohl’s Kids Who Care, an annual youth volunteer recognition program, fundraising gift cards for local schools and non-profit youth groups, as well as an associate program to encourage volunteerism.  

Friday, Aug. 29, 2008
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