This holiday season, The Rite Aid Foundation said “Thanks For Giving” to more than 440 KidCents charities by awarding each a $5,000 grant on #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media. In total, the KidCents Thanks For Giving Holiday program provided more than $2.2 million to partner charities, who will use the funds for programs and initiatives that help advance the charities’ efforts to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of children.
“The Rite Aid Foundation wanted to recognize and thank our KidCents charities for making a positive impact in their communities and helping to give kids better lives and brighter futures,” said Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. “We couldn’t think of a better time to share this exciting news than on #GivingTuesday, a day where helping others, something KidCents charities do all year long, is front and center.”
Some of the ways the KidCents Thanks For Giving Holiday program grants will be used include:
- Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, Philadelphia, PA: This non-profit agency will provide over 1,000 children with gifts this holiday season as a part of their annual toy drive.
- Girls Inc. of Washington County, Hagerstown, MD: The after-school program designed to meet the unique needs of girls ages 6-18 will participate in several educational field trips that will reinforce learning and provide educational experiences away from their regular environment.
- Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York, Brooklyn, NY: The non-profit charity, which serves children, families and individuals with developmental disabilities across New York City and Long Island, will provide nutrition workshops, gym memberships and dental care to foster children as a part of their wellness program.
- Richstone Family Center, Hawthorne, CA: This non-profit social services agency will host a “Breakfast with Santa” event for children and families affected by child abuse and trauma, allowing attendees to enjoy a healthy breakfast, holiday games, and a morning of family wellness activities.
- Wayfinder Family Services, Los Angeles, CA: The non-profit organization, which offers vision loss, special needs, foster and adoption, and mental health services, will allow 10 children who are blind, visually-impaired or multi-disabled to attend Camp Bloomfield and participate in challenging recreational and social activities.
In addition, Whaley Children’s Center in Flint, Michigan received an additional $2,500 grant for having the most engagement on their #KidCentsThanksForGiving social posts! The center provides tools to children and families who have experienced trauma to reach their full potential and will use their grant to remodel residence bedrooms and give children an even better place to call home.
Happy holidays from everyone at The Rite Aid Foundation!