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DG supports St. Jude Children’s Thanks and Giving campaign and Toys for Tots Foundation for the holidays

BY Michael Johnsen

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General on Friday kicked off its annual holiday giving campaign either in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Thanks and Giving campaign or the holiday toy drive benefitting the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation.

“Dollar General is honored to support the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation and other local toy drives to make a difference in the communities we serve,” stated Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. 

For the eighth consecutive year, Dollar General is supporting the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign. Between Nov. 15 and Dec. 15, customers may donate $1 or more at check-out to benefit the children of St. Jude. Since 2006, Dollar General and its customers have supported St. Jude by contributing more than $9.4 million to the Thanks and Giving campaign.

From Nov. 15 through Dec. 8, more than 11,000 Dollar General stores will collect new, unwrapped toys for in-store toy drives for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation or, in certain circumstances, other local toy drives. Additionally, Dollar General will donate $100,000 to the Toys for Tots Foundation in an effort to further help reach children across the country.

 

 

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CVS Caremark to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital via annual in-store fundraiser

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy has announced its annual in-store fundraiser for the 10th year to support the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Thanks and Giving campaign, a holiday program to raise awareness and funds for the research and care provided at St. Jude.

Since the campaign’s inception, CVS/pharmacy and its customers have raised more than $37 million to support St. Jude.

Through Dec. 7, CVS Caremark colleagues will encourage customers to add $1 or $3 to their purchase at the register to support the campaign. Customers shopping online at CVS.com/StJude will also have the opportunity to donate $1 at checkout.  

"CVS/pharmacy is proud of its customers and colleagues who for nearly a decade have made a significant impact in the lives of children living with cancer and other deadly diseases through their generous support of the Thanks and Giving campaign," Eileen Howard Boone, SVP of corporate philanthropy and social responsibility at CVS Caremark said. "As a pharmacy innovation company committed to helping people on their path to better health, we commend St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for all the work they are doing to treat children with cancer and the lifesaving research they share with experts across the world to help find cures."

In 2012, CVS/pharmacy customers and colleagues raised nearly $6.4 million nationwide in support of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Thanks and Giving Campaign and more than $37 million since 2004.

Funds raised during the Thanks and Giving campaign support the CVS Caremark Rehabilitation Services Center at St. Jude. Children with deadly diseases such as cancer may experience developmental, cognitive or physical impairments because of their illnesses as well as the treatments used to save their lives. The facility in Memphis, Tenn., which opened in 2009, doubled the space dedicated to providing audiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology services to St. Jude patients to help them overcome barriers they face in recovery.

 

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Report: Walgreens strengthens marketshare in key Charlotte metropolitan market with Kerr acquisition

BY Michael Johnsen

TAMPA, Fla. — Chain Store Guide on Friday released its latest analysis on the recently-completed Kerr Drug acquisition by Walgreens. Walgreens had announced that 20 of Kerr Drug’s 76 locations would be closed, with 16 of those prescription files transferred to Walgreens locations and the remainder to other pharmacies. 

According to CSG, Walgreens will strengthen its market share position in the Charlotte metro area. Fielding 44 core Walgreens locations, Walgreens will increase its pharmacy market share to 22.7%, according to Chain Store Guide’s 2013 Drug Industry Market Share Report published in August 2013. 

CVS/Caremark’s market share within Charlotte is 37.6% with 75 locations and Rite Aid’s share is 16.2% with 51 locations. 

 

 

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