Kohl's donates $56,327 to Niswonger Children’s Hospital

9/26/2011


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 26, 2011) - Kohl's Department Store, through the Kohl's Caresâ cause merchandise program, donated $56,327 to Niswonger Children's Hospital Saturday during the hospital's Family Activity Day at the East Tennessee State University / Mountain States Health Alliance Athletics Center.

The donations were collected from Kohl's stores in Johnson City and Kingsport from the sale of children's books and plush dolls at the front registers. Kohl's has donated more than $211,700 to Niswonger Children's Hospital since 2005.

This year's grant from Kohl's will continue support for the Kohl's Kids on the Move program. This program provides free fitness and nutrition health information to children throughout the region. As part of the program, instructors provide instruction on basic jump roping skills and the children receive a free  jump rope to continue practicing and keeping fit.

"Niswonger Children's Hospital is committed to the health and wellness of all the children in our region," said Steven Godbold, CEO for Niswonger Children's Hospital. "Childhood obesity is a complex issue that requires a collaborative solution. The support that we have received from Kohl's through the Kohl's Caresâ program has been instrumental in allowing us to reach out to thousands of children and provide them with the tools that will help them achieve a lifetime of good health."

The activity stations at Family Activity Day were designed around the concept of energy balance, which is participating in enough physical activity each day to balance out what we eat and drink. One of the stations at Family Activity Day is the Get Jumping! jump rope clinic provided by the Kohl's Kids on the Move program. A team of associates from the Johnson City and Kingsport Kohl's stores also volunteered at the event.

"Our goal for Family Activity Day is to show families simple ways to keep active, even at home," said Joanna Swinehart, manager of children's health advocacy and communications at Niswonger Children's Hospital. "The Kohl's Kids on the Move jump rope clinic is a great example of how we can empower children to take ownership of their health by providing children with the basic skills and tools to keep active."
Kohl's Kids on the Move is available to schools and children's organizations in the region. For more information about the program please contact Swinehart at 423-431-1014 or NiswongerChildHosp@msha.com.
 
Kohl's commitment to Niswonger Children's Hospital is made possible through the Kohl's Cares® cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl's sells $5 books and plush toys where 100 percent of net profit benefits children's health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. Kohl's has raised more than $180 million dollars through this merchandise program. In addition to the merchandise program, Kohl's Cares® features the Kohl's Cares® Scholarship Program, which last year recognized more than 2,100 young volunteers with a total of $410,000 in scholarships and prizes. Through Kohl's Associates in Action volunteer program, more than 385,000 associates have donated more than 1.2 million hours of their time since 2001 and Kohl's has donated more than $35 million to youth-focused nonprofit organizations. Kohl's also offers fundraising gift cards for schools and youth-serving organizations. For more information, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares.
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