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Big Red Stores raise $39,000 for Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Representatives from Big Red locations visited the hospital in May for a celebration of the group’s gift. While on the hospital’s campus, they toured the ACH Emergency Department, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and South Wing.
Representatives from Big Red locations visited the hospital in May for a celebration of the group’s gift. While on the hospital’s campus, they toured the ACH Emergency Department, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and South Wing.

Big Red Stores, owned by Summerwood Partners, recently announced a donation of $39,062 to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, raised by selling cardstock throughout the month of March and collecting spare change throughout the year.

Big Red has one of its convenience stores in Sherwood, located at the corner of Kiehl Avenue and Brookswood Drive.

Since 2009, Big Red locations have raised more than $143,000 to benefit the patient care fund at the hospital. In this year’s promotion, 27 Big Red Convenience Stores and three Family Market Grocery Stores participated.

“We have been proud to partner with Big Red Stores for the last five years,” said Justin DeLille, Director of Development for the ACH Foundation. “Big Red and their customers have made a significant impact on the lives of children across the state and we are grateful.”

Arkansas Children’s Hospital is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas and one of the largest in the United States, serving children from birth to age 21. The campus spans 28 city blocks and houses 316 beds, a staff of approximately 500 physicians, 80 residents in pediatrics and pediatric specialties and more than 4,000 employees. The private, nonprofit healthcare facility boasts an internationally renowned reputation for medical breakthroughs and intensive treatments, unique surgical procedures and forward-thinking medical research - all dedicated to fulfilling our mission of enhancing, sustaining and restoring children’s health and development.

According to DeLille, raising funds for the hospital is a very important effort because children are helped.

“No Arkansas child is ever turned away from Arkansas Children’s Hospital, but reaching every child requires you. This wouldn’t be possible without you,” she said. “When you make a gift to ACH, you provide care, love and hope to kids. Thank you for helping transform children’s lives. You are an essential part of reaching every child who needs medical care.”

On March 5, 2012, on the 100th birthday of Arkansas Children’s Hospital, ACH announced the most ambitious philanthropic endeavor in its history.

“We will raise $160 million to fund programs and services in four priority areas: pediatric care, research, education and prevention,” DeLille said. “Though we are proud of all we have accomplished in our 100 years, we cannot be satisfied with our successes as long as there is more work to do. As we begin our next century of service to children and families, we will be here until no child needs us, and we need your help.”

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