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Rite Aid Foundation Makes Wishes Come True This Holiday Season – The Rite Aid Foundation

In the spirit of the holiday season, The Rite Aid Foundation announced it is awarding a total of $2.2 million to its partner charities through the KidCents Holiday Wishes Program. The program was created to spread some extra holiday cheer to the KidCents charities that give so much to their clients and communities throughout the year. More than 440 KidCents charities will receive a $5,000 grant to help make a holiday wish of their choice come true.

“The Rite Aid Foundation wanted to give our KidCents charities a special gift this holiday season, in recognition of all they do to give the children they serve a chance for better lives and brighter futures,” said Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives.

Some of the holiday wishes being grant through the program include:

  • Miracle Babies, San Diego, CA: The nonprofit organization, which provides education, support and financial assistance to families with critically ill newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, is creating holiday care packages that will be distributed to 500 parents (photos below!)
  • The Boys and Girls Club, Tar River Region, NC: The local chapter, which provides after-school programming to thousands of kids ages 5-18 years old at three separate locations, plans to replace insulation that was damaged by Hurricane Matthew last year.
  • The Children’s Village, Dobbs Ferry, NY: The nonprofit organization, which provides innovative residential and community-based program to at-risk children, teens and families, is creating a new game room for the 300 kids who live at the facility.
  • Northeast Youth Center, Spokane, WA: The youth center, which provides educational and recreational activities to children ages 3-17, will help kids stay warm this winter by providing winter coats and boots.
  • Washtenaw Area Council for Children, Ypsilanti, MI: Michigan Children’s Trust Fund’s designated agency for the prevention of child abuse and neglect in Washtenaw County is purchasing 25 tablets and one laptop to begin offering a cyber safety program to its members.

The Rite Aid Foundation is proud to make KidCents charities’ wishes come true this holiday season. If you represent a KidCents charity, share your holiday wish story on the online community so that we can see how the program is making a difference in the communities we serve and spread even more joy.

Happy holidays from everyone at Rite Aid and The Rite Aid Foundation!

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Wrapping Up a Fantastic 2017 – Michele Lawson

2017 has been another year packed with educational and social activities at the Boys & Girls Clubs of La Habra.

One of our favorite highlights in 2017 was a unique opportunity for twenty-two of our teen members to take part in a Northern California Gear Up 4 College trip. Along with 22 teens from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Whittier, the group was accompanied by six staff members from our Clubs on the four-night trip. They toured UC Santa Cruz, San Francisco State University, University of California at Berkeley, and Stanford. They also took in cultural sites such as the Golden Gate Bridge and museums.

To further enrich the experience, the group arranged to spend the night at local Boys & Girls Clubs in the Bay Area. This was a great opportunity for teens from all of the Clubs to meet each other and share their Club experiences.

The teens were very excited to see campuses that are not only famous, but very different from the local colleges they have visited in Southern California. At each school, they were on student-led tours that gave them insight into campus life, major points of interest, and requirements to attend that school. They came back with enthusiasm and high aspirations to explore colleges and take steps to prepare for the application process.

We would like to sincerely thank KidCents and the Rite Aid Corporation for their generous support of our youth. We are grateful to have partners who believe in our mission of helping children grow to reach their full potential as responsible, caring, and productive adults.

Rite Aid to Host Special Facebook Live Event During National Influenza Vaccination Week – The Rite Aid Foundation

Today, December 6, Rite Aid will host its first-ever Facebook Live broadcast to encourage people to get a flu shot to protect themselves from the flu. During this National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), Rite Aid has teamed up with Dr. Jennifer Caudle, a nationally renowned health expert and practicing family physician, to help answer questions about the flu, address common misconceptions and provide helpful tips on how to stay healthy over the holidays and throughout flu season.

Last week, the CDC reported that flu season is off to an early start and could peak over the holidays if flu activity continues to increase at its current weekly pace.

Dr. Caudle and Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacist Chris Altman will host this special flu-focused Facebook Live event on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. ET. To learn more about the event and set a reminder, visit www.facebook.com/riteaid.

“Vaccination is the single best way to protect yourself against the flu,” says Dr. Caudle. “Rite Aid pharmacists undergo special training and are professionally certified to administer immunizations and with thousands of locations across the country, Rite Aid pharmacies are a convenient and professional setting for flu shots. That’s why I’m partnering with Rite Aid and reminding people to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

Have flu-related questions for Dr. Caudle and Chris? Submit your questions to askriteaid@riteaid.com. Be sure to tune in Wednesday to see if they answer your questions live!

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Thank you KidCents for Making it a Little Bit Sunnier – Adam Salazar

With the incredible support of Rite Aid and the KidCents program, the Children’s Cancer Association (CCA) is able to deliver a little more light to an already bright and wonderful young lady through our MyMusicRx program.

Sol is the perfect name for this two-year-old ray of sunshine. Sol loves petting farm animals, pretending to be a dinosaur, blowing bubbles with her Chemo Pal, Emily, and her rubber boots. “She’s all about those boots”, laughed her mom, Ruth. “She even sleeps in them!”

Sol especially loves music, something that’s brought her tremendous joy during her treatments for high-risk stage IV neuroblastoma at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. “The MyMusicRx team has made all the difference,” said Ruth. “It gives her the chance to sing, play, and dance again.”

Ruth shared a specific interaction with the program that especially moved her:

“One time, leaving the ICU, going with Sol to the Oncology unit, we are walking and one of the specialists saw us and came straight to our room and sang Sol to sleep when she was feeling really, very bad. Those moments, you don’t have to make them big things, but it’s those little moments that count.”

Sol has been through a lot since her diagnosis, including multiple rounds of chemo, radiation, and a bone marrow transplant. However, everyone around her marvels at her courage and good humor.

“The strength of her spirit is unmatched,” said her dad, Andy. “Even after a tough procedure, she’ll give us a smile and a high five.”

“Sol has taught us to live for what’s important and embrace what we have right now,” added Ruth. “She doesn’t dwell—she only remembers the fun and important things.”

With Sol’s perpetually sunny outlook, it seems only fitting that her favorite song is “Best Day of My Life” by the band American Authors. Because the way Sol sees it, every day truly is the best day of her life.

Sol was also named a 2017 CCA Hero and was honored at ceremony in May alongside her family and friends.

Richstone Family Center Playground Build – Jenny Fukunaga

With the help of nearly 200 volunteers on-site, the Richstone Family Center partnered with KaBOOM! and JetBlue on November 1st to build a brand-new playground in just six hours. Based on drawings from Richstone kids, the new space is designed specifically with the community in mind and will allow for more than 800 kids to receive all the physical, cognitive, creative, and social benefits of outdoor play. Volunteers spent the day mixing concrete, spreading mulch, and building playground elements. A ribbon cutting ceremony followed to celebrate this great addition to the child abuse prevention center.

Since the opening of the new playground, our students and families have greatly enjoyed the addition of this new outdoor play space to our community. Kids of all ages are spending more time engaging in imaginative play with one another everyday afterschool. The playground has also brought disguised learning of problem solving and sharing with the challenge of two swings and 40 Kids Club students.

KidCents allowed us to have a Thanksgiving Day of Play with our Kids Club families. We celebrated the holiday of thanks with a Thanksgiving feast and an evening of family fun outside. Everyone enjoyed being able to celebrate with one another while being active as a family.

KidCents helps homeless young people fulfill their potential! – Yvette Sumner

Each night in Seattle, more than 1,000 young people find themselves homeless without a safe place to go. The streets are a dangerous and frightening place to spend the night, particularly for a young person. The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program has helped YouthCare provide support to engage young people without a safe place to turn, to help them stabilize their lives, and to work toward building strong, healthy futures. Thank you! Here is just one example of how the opportunities provided through The Rite Aid Foundation’s support has changed the lives of young people at YouthCare:

YouthCare’s YouthBuild employment training program provides education and employment skills in the construction industry for youth who are homeless or have unstable homes in Seattle-King County. David joined YouthCare’s YouthBuild program as the new father of an infant daughter, without housing, and without his high school diploma. During his six months in YouthBuild he faced multiple setbacks, including health concerns and a fire that destroyed most of his and his family’s belongings. This didn’t faze David, and he maintained his focus on staying healthy, completing the program, and getting a living-wage job to support his family. With YouthCare’s support, David earned his GED and gained all the industry certifications he needed for apprenticeship placement. Upon graduation from YouthBuild, he applied to the Bricklayers Union and was accepted into their apprenticeship program. David tells YouthCare staff how proud he is of his accomplishments, his steady job, and, most importantly, the support he is providing for his daughter!

Charity: YouthCare