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Giant Food Stores donate $1 million to children’s hospitals

Giant Food Stores made a $1 million donation in grants to be divided between three Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for specific needs identified by each hospital.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will use the $570,000 gift to enhance the patient and family experience at all three Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia urgent care sites. The Giant Food Stores Welcome Desk at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will welcome 10,000 patients from nine specialty programs during the day and 12,225 urgent care visits on nights and weekends.

Penn State Children’s Hospital Hershey

Giant awarded $280,000 to Penn State Children’s Hospital Hershey in support of 3D printing and modeling for congenital heart disease. The 3D printed cardiac models will assist medical students and residents in their education about congenital heart disease.

Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital

Geisinger Medical Center has been awarded $150,000 to support their Child Advocacy Center at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, so that 100 percent of children referred to the center will receive coordinated forensic interviews, victim advocacy and mental health services as appropriate.

“We are honored to mark 95 years of caring for our communities by supporting our partner hospitals of Children’s Miracle Network with these special grants,” said Nicholas Bertram, president of Giant Food Stores. “We passionately believe in giving back, and we are especially committed to the health of our customers and their families.”

In addition to the annual Balloon and Candle in-store campaigns held during the summer and during the holidays, Giant Food Stores associates also volunteer at Children’s Miracle Network hospital events, including radio and television telethons. Since 1997, Giant Food Stores has raised more than $42 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

“We are so grateful for Giant’s continued commitment to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and its partnership with our member hospitals,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “We are excited that Giant has identified these hospitals that support their local communities and made an additional commitment to the treatment of sick and injured children.”

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