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The Rite Aid Foundation Donates $75,000 to Support Wildfire Relief Efforts in California – The Rite Aid Foundation

The Rite Aid Foundation announced today a $75,000 donation, which will be distributed to the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region and American Red Cross Northern California Coastal Region to support wildfire relief efforts.

“We appreciate compassionate supporters like The Rite Aid Foundation whose donation is enabling the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, and emotional and recovery support to families impacted by this year’s wildfires,” said Elizabeth Penniman, vice president of communications at the American Red Cross.

During the last three weeks, more than two dozen wildfires have ignited throughout the state of California. Most of those fires have been contained or extinguished. Among the biggest threats were the Getty fire, which ignited in Los Angeles near the neighborhood of Sherman Oaks threatening 10,000 structures, and the Kincade fire, which forced the evacuation of 200,000 residents in Sonoma County.

The $75,000 donation will be divided to help relief efforts in Northern and Southern California:

  • American Red Cross Los Angeles: $50,000
  • American Red Cross Northern California Coastal Region: $25,000

Along with government and community partners, dozens of American Red Cross disaster workers have helped open shelters and evacuation centers for those fleeing the fires. Since the latest wildfires broke out, the organization has provided 4,900 overnight shelter stays and served meals to over 10,000 people.

Maria D’Angelo Receives The Rite Aid Foundation’s Kidchamp Award – The Rite Aid Foundation

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The Rite Aid Foundation awarded Maria D’Angelo, founder and president of The Children’s Lifesaving Foundation (The CLF) in Santa Monica, Ca., its KidChamp Award for her ongoing commitment to transforming the lives of homeless and at-risk children and families in Los Angeles. Ms. D’Angelo, who is the seventh recipient of the KidChamp award, was recognized during a special ceremony in Malibu.

“I am extremely honored to receive the KidChamp award. I want to thank The Rite Aid Foundation and KidCents for its support of The CLF and for its unwavering commitment to ensuring the children in our communities, especially those who are most in need, have a chance for achieving better and brighter futures,” said Maria D’Angelo, founder and president of The CLF. “I am so proud of the tremendous impact The CLF has made in this community and in the lives of our most vulnerable children and families. I look forward to helping even more children overcome the obstacles they face and, ultimately, learn how to stand proudly on their own.”

Ms. D’Angelo founded The CLF with her own funds in 1993. Since opening, the nonprofit has served more than 85,000 homeless and at-risk children and families with academic, social and domestic support. The CLF has helped  transition 50 families from shelters into new homes, and distributed millions of dollars in brand new, in-kind goods and direct services to hundreds of additional families. Additionally,more than 55 college scholarships have been awarded to at-risk teenagers across Los Angeles, some of whom were the first members of their families to attend college.

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Ms. D’Angelo was inspired to work with young people in need based on her experience as an immigrant child in America, years of teaching in New York and volunteer experience at a homeless shelter in central Los Angeles. At that shelter, she met an eight-year-old boy who never set foot in a classroom because he never had a physical exam. Upon realizing this boy was one of many dealing with such a dilemma, Ms. D’Angelo began meeting with doctors to arrange for free medical care for homeless children—and that is how The CLF was established.

Ms. D’Angelo soon decided to expand the scope of her support. Seeing the very dangerous and life-threatening environments these homeless children lived in on a day-to-day basis, she began organizing field trips to amusement parks and local attractions. But she didn’t stop there. With the help of a good friend, Ms. D’Angelo convinced the National Park Service to reopen an old Boy Scout camp called Circle X Ranch to offer these children a safe setting that would improve and enrich their lives with arts, sports and nature. In the summer of 1993, she launched The CLF summer camp enrichment program. Since that time, more than 75,000 children have participated in the Camp for All program, which is still offered, free of charge to all participants and has expanded to include a surf camp.

Ms. D’Angelo also created the Adopt-A-Family and Care Through College programs to further meet the needs of the homeless and at-risk children and families The CLF serves.

The Rite Aid Foundation and Operation Warm Team Up to Support Children’s Health and Well-being During the Winter Months

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As part of its ongoing commitment to improve the health and well-being of children living in the communities it serves, The Rite Aid Foundation is partnering with Operation Warm to provide warmth, confidence and hope to children in need through the gift of brand new winter coats.

During the month of October, over 125 Rite Aid associates will deliver a total of 2,200 brand new winter coats at special “Coat Giving Celebrations” at four schools in Harrisburg, Detroit and Seattle. Together, The Rite Aid Foundation and Operation Warm will make an immediate and meaningful impact for hundreds of families in these communities.

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School-aged children are particularly vulnerable to the low temperatures and biting winds. The brand new winter coats provided by The Rite Aid Foundation will not only help to improve the children’s health and lower their risk of getting a winter cold, but also help to advance their overall wellness, self-esteem and education.

  • Overall Wellness – It’s hard to play outside, make snow angels, or just be a kid without a warm coat. All children should have a chance to stay active year-round.
  • Self-Esteem – Giving a child something brand new creates a sense of pride in ownership that fosters self-confidence in children who may feel insecure.
  • Education – The best way to break the cycle of poverty is through education. New coats help children get to school more often on cold and rainy days.

Additionally, these brand new winter coats will remind children and families that their community cares about their well-being and their future. The gift of brand new winter coats will bring a smile to the faces of so many children, while also alleviating a financial burden for their families.

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“More than 16 million children live in poverty across North America, so we are incredibly grateful to corporate partners like The Rite Aid Foundation that not only donate the funds for the brand new winter coats, but also recruit employee volunteers to help deliver these gifts to children in their communities,” says Kirsten Bradley, associate director of corporate partnerships at Operation Warm. “Delivering the brand new winter coats in person to the children will be incredibly rewarding for the Rite Aid associates and a memorable experience for all involved.”

The Rite Foundation is one of several corporate partners that Operation Warm works with to give away hundreds of thousands brand new winter coats across North America each year. Thanks in part to the support of corporate partners like The Ride Aid Foundation, Operation Warm has given away more than three million brand new winter coats in the past 20 years.

The Rite Aid Foundation Awards $2.3 Million To Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

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The Rite Aid Foundation announced today that it’s awarding $2.3 million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the nation through a special KidCents Grant Program.

The grants, which range from $49,124-$300,000, enable local children’s hospitals to advance initiatives focused on improving the health and wellbeing of children in the communities Rite Aid serves.

Funded programs include a scholarship initiative that enables children with special needs to attend medical camps, a science education outreach program for students in low-resource schools, and a Safe Sleep Campaign, which provides safe sleeping kits for at-risk families.

“We want to thank The Rite Aid Foundation for this incredible gift to fund medical camps for Penn State Children’s Hospital patients. With this donation, we will be able to send more than 250 kids to 11 camps next summer. These specialized camps provide kids a week without limits,” said Deborah Berini, president of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. “Whether kids have a ventilator, battle a heart condition, or deal with a behavioral challenge, these campers have the chance to swim, rock climb and meet new friends who are just like them in an environment that is medically safe. Rite Aid’s increased support of camps is such a meaningful way to celebrate the company’s 25-year partnership with Penn State Children’s Hospital. Thank you for giving kids the gift of growing up!”

A total of 20 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in California, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington received grants.

Rite Aid has been a passionate supporter of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for 25 years and is the organization’s sixth largest corporate sponsor.

Since 1994, Rite Aid associates, customers and supplier partners have raised more than $92 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to help administer life-saving care, purchase medical equipment and provide critical funds to more than 90 hospitals located in Rite Aid communities.

The Rite Aid Foundation Awards $5 Million Through Kidcents Regional Grant Program – The Rite Aid Foundation

The Rite Aid Foundation announced today 233 nonprofit grants, totaling more than $5 million, through its KidCents Regional Grant Program.

KidCents Regional Grants, which range from $15,000 to $30,000, support nonprofit organizations with programs that serve children, grades K-12, and improve the quality of life in Rite Aid communities. The grants support three of KidCents’ primary focus areas for improving the health and wellbeing of children: healthy eating, active living and education. To be considered, programs and projects were required to take place during out-of-school time with priority given to programs that support communities in need.

“We are immensely grateful for the tremendous support of The Rite Aid Foundation in helping us expand our ongoing partnership with the parents of Azusa students in providing them the tools to thrive,” said Jennifer Hicks, executive director of Neighborhood Homework House, which received a grant for its Improving Educational Opportunity for At-Risk Youth Program. “This grant will enable hundreds of children and youth to participate in our after-school programs where, together with their parents, we believe their futures are being rewritten—one graduate at a time.”

Charities receiving grants range from local affiliates of national organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Girls on the Run to local and regional community-based organizations like Philly Girls in Motion in Havertown, Pa., and Inspiring Minds in Warren, Oh. Several nonprofit organizations currently participating in the KidCents in-store round-up program were also awarded Regional Grants.

Funded programs include food assistance and nutrition education, leadership programs for girls, physical fitness programs for youth with disabilities, STEM and STEAM programs for at-risk youth, academic support programs for children battling homelessness, and summer enrichment programs for children in need.

This cycle of KidCents Regional Grants launched in April 2019 and was available in select counties in the following states: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington. In the first cycle, The Rite Aid Foundation awarded 180 grants, totaling more than $4 million.

The Rite Aid Foundation Awards Nearly $2 Million to Folds of Honor Scholarship Recipients Through Kidcents

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The Rite Aid Foundation announced today that 390 students have been selected as 2019 Folds of Honor Educational Scholarship recipients through its KidCents program. This year’s scholarships, which total more than $1.9 million, begin a three-year, $6 million commitment to Folds of Honor, a nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to children and spouses of fallen or disabled service members.

This new three-year commitment is The Rite Aid Foundation’s third contribution to Folds of Honor. Since 2015, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded $7.2 million to the organization, including $1.3 million in 2015 and another three-year, $6 million commitment in 2016.

“Folds of Honor could not ask for a more dedicated partner than The Rite Aid Foundation. We are extremely grateful for their tremendous support and commitment to our cause over the last four years,” said Major Dan Rooney, founder, Folds of Honor. “The Rite Aid Foundation and Rite Aid’s associates across the nation have taken on our mission as their own and worked tirelessly to honor the sacrifices made by our service men and women, and their families.”

Rite Aid associates will recognize select scholarship recipients during in-store celebration events over the next several weeks.