12/05/2006

Rite Aid to Spread Holiday Cheer at WVU Children’s Hospital
Associates to Bring Toys and Games to Hospitalized Children

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Rite Aid associates from north central West Virginia will visit West Virginia University Children’s Hospital and bring the magic of the holidays to children who may be away from family and friends for the holidays. Rite Aid “elves” will festively frolic into the hospital Thursday, Dec. 7, at 10 a.m., to give toys and games to every child. 

“There is something magical about the holidays, especially for children,” said Mary Sammons, Rite Aid president and CEO. “Every child deserves to have fun and enjoy the season. Rite Aid associates support WVU Children’s Hospital year round, but at this time of the year it’s important to us to make it as special as possible for children who may have to be in the hospital for the holidays.”

"We are so pleased that Rite Aid is bringing holiday cheer to Children's Hospital,” said Tara Bennett, Children’s Miracle Network coordinator. “Representatives of Rite Aid stores in the area visit the children and give gifts, but they receive the greatest gifts of all in return when they see our patients faces light up."

 The holiday visit is part of Rite Aid’s corporate sponsorship and ongoing commitment to Children’s Miracle Network, a non-profit organization helping to raise funds and awareness for 110 Children’s Hospitals in North America. Rite Aid has raised nearly $25 million since 1994 for pediatric hospitals supported by the Children’s Miracle Network. Rite Aid associates across the country will be visiting 14 different pediatric hospitals during the holidays. 

 Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with annual revenues of $17.3 billion and approximately 3,320 stores in 27 states and the District of Columbia. Information about Rite Aid is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
bovinost@wvuh.com
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