09/23/2009


Kohl’s to donate more than $115,000 to WVU Children’s Hospital

Check presentation to be Saturday in Clarksburg

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Kohl’s Department Stores and West Virginia University Children’s Hospital are again partnering to keep kids safe and healthy.

On Saturday (Sept. 26), Kohl’s will present a donation of $117,273 to the Kohl’s Healthy Kids University at WVU Children’s Hospital. The event, held in conjunction with National Clean Hands Week, will begin at 3 p.m. at the Kohl’s store in Clarksburg.

It will feature the Kohl’s Germ Free Kids Club, which teaches children in kindergarten through third grades proper hand-washing techniques and the importance of proper hand washing to stay healthy and reduce the spread of germs.

In addition to the Germ Free Kids Club, the Healthy Kids University at WVU Children’s Hospital includes the Kohl’s Proud to be Me Club, which teaches kids in fourth through sixth grades healthy eating habits as well as proper overall hygiene, and Babysitting 101, which teaches teens basic child-care skills.

Including this donation, Kohl’s has donated more than $425,000 to WVU Children’s Hospital since 1999.

Kohl’s funds are also being used to produce and air a TV public service announcement featuring children singing a song that encourages kids to wash their hands to avoid spreading the flu. The public service announcement will be aired throughout West Virginia beginning in late October.

“We are honored that Kohl’s has chosen WVU Children’s Hospital as one of the more than 150 children’s hospitals nationwide that it supports,” Cheryl Jones, R.N., director of WVU Children’s Hospital, said. “In times like these, when the flu is running rampant throughout the country, it is more important than ever to teach kids proper hygiene and hand-washing techniques. This donation will go a long way in educating children in West Virginia.”

Kohl’s partnership with WVU 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 $5 books and plush toys. Net profits from the sales go to support children’s health and educational opportunities in the communities Kohl’s serves. Other components of Kohl's Cares for Kids include Kohl's A-Team associate volunteer program; the Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarship Program, which recognizes kids’ volunteer; and fundraising gift cards for local schools and non-profit organizations.

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

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For more information:
Angela Jones,, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
jonesan@wvuh.com
asj: 09-18-09

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