Kohl’s donates $92,820 to WVU Children’s Hospital

Germ-Free Kids Club, babysitting classes among funded projects

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Kohl’s and WVU Children’s Hospital are joining forces to keep kids safe and healthy.  Sales of special merchandise at stores throughout West Virginia have generated a $92,820 donation, which Kohl’s will present to Cheryl Jones, director of WVU Children’s Hospital, in an event at the Clarksburg department store Saturday at 11 a.m.

“We are so pleased to have this gift, which supports the Kohl’s Healthy Kids University at WVU Children’s Hospital,” Jones said. “The program focuses on courses designed to keep kids safe and healthy, thus keeping them out of the doctor’s office and the hospital.”

The current donation will pay for courses including the Kohl’s Germ Free Kids Club (kindergarten through 3rd grade) focusing on proper hand-washing techniques, a Kohl’s Proud to be Me Club (grades 4th, 5th and 6th) designed to teach kids healthy eating habits and overall good hygiene, and a Babysitting 101 Course (ages 12 and up) to teach teens basic childcare skills.

In the past nine years, Kohl’s has donated more than $300,000 to WVU Children’s Hospital through its Kohl’s Cares for Kids program.

The event Saturday at 330 Emily Drive in Clarksburg will include appearances from Miss West Virginia 2008 Kayla Lynam, and Miss West Virginia's Outstanding Teen 2008, Bethany Lojewski. A germ-free clinic for kids will be held to go over proper hand-washing techniques.

Throughout the year, Kohl’s sells special Kohl’s Cares for Kids merchandise for $5 with 100 percent of the net profit benefiting youth-serving programs and organizations. Sales in Clarksburg, Wheeling, Huntington, Charleston, Parkersburg and Beckley benefit WVU Children’s Hospital.

Each year, WVU Children’s Hospital provides care to more than 7,000 newborns and children, who come from every county in West Virginia and also from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Ohio. On average, 1,600 babies are born annually at WVU Children’s Hospital. Almost three-quarters of the deliveries are high-risk. WVU Children’s Hospital physicians provide care for children at the hospital in Morgantown and at clinics throughout the state.

For information on WVU Children’s Hospital see www.wvukids.com.

Kohl’s Department Stores
Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. Kohl’s operates 957 stores in 47 states and will celebrate the opening of its 1,000th store in the fall. A company committed to the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than $102 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares for Kids® philanthropic program.  For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit




For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
DO/AB: 3-23-09

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