RAPID CITY, S.D. (Oct. 29, 2018) – Love’s Travel Stops customers and employees recently wrapped up a fundraising campaign at the Box Elder Love’s, raising $6,746 for Regional Health Rapid City Hospital, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.
More than 470 Love’s stores across the United States participated in the national campaign, which raised a record $3.4 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Since 1999, Love’s has raised more than $28 million for the nonprofit.
“It’s inspiring to see the level of compassion and dedication our employees show each year during this campaign,” said Jenny Love Meyer, vice president of communications for Love’s. “Each Love’s location is passionate about fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals because they see the difference it makes in lives across the country and in their local communities. We’re thankful for the customers who support this cause every year and are incredibly proud of our store teams for helping us exceed our goal.”
From Aug. 26-Sept. 30, Love’s team members asked customers to round up their change on gas and restaurant purchases, sold CMN Hospitals’ Miracle Balloons for donations and held numerous events to raise funds to help kids in local communities. Love’s showed additional support for Regional Health Rapid City Hospital in honor of National Coffee Day. On Sept. 28 and 29, all 24-ounce hot beverages were discounted to $1, with all money collected staying local.
Nationally, Love’s employees surpassed their goal of raising $3 million. On a local level, Love’s exceeded its goal of $3,500 and more than doubled their fundraising total over last year’s campaign.
“We are so grateful for Love’s 19 years of unwavering commitment to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of CMN Hospitals. “Love’s team members and customers have refueled our hospitals with critically needed funds to provide specialized equipment as well as lifesaving research and treatment to kids and their families regardless of their ability to pay.
Pediatric medical care is the most expensive to provide, in part because of the different sizes of equipment needed to treat kids ranging from a one-pound micro-preemie to a seven-foot high school basketball player. CMN Hospitals open their doors to all kids, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Member hospitals in the U.S. provide $3.4 billion in charity care annually.
The money raised at each Love’s location benefits sick and injured children in that community. Of the 170 CMN Hospitals members throughout North America, 101 benefit from a Love’s annual campaign.
Regional Health is an integrated health care system with the purpose of helping patients and communities live well. The organization, with headquarters in Rapid City, S.D., provides community-based health care in more than 20 communities in two states and 32 specialty areas of medicine. As the largest private employer in western South Dakota, Regional Health is comprised of five hospitals, 24 clinic locations and employs nearly 5,000 physicians and caregivers. Regional Health is committed to the future of medicine, with medical training partnerships, a medical residency program, and more than 130 active research studies. For more information, go to www.regionalhealth.org.
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores (Love’s) is the nation’s industry-leading travel stop network with more than 470 locations in 41 states. Founded in 1964 and headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the company remains family-owned and operated and employs more than 22,000 people. Love’s provides professional truck drivers and motorists with 24-hour access to clean and safe places to purchase gasoline, diesel fuel, fresh coffee, restaurant offerings, and more. Love’s has more than 250 on-site Truck Tire Care centers and 53 Speedco locations, which is the largest oil change and preventative maintenance nationwide network on the road today. Love’s is committed to providing customers with “Clean Places, Friendly Faces” at every stop. To learn more, visit loves.com.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.
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