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Pharmasave support of Canadian Cancer Society in full bloom

BY Michael Johnsen

Pharmasave on Monday announced it will once again partner with the Canadian Cancer Society for Daffodil Month.

Held every April, Daffodil Month is the charity’s national fundraising campaign. From April 1 to 30, daffodil pins will be available at Pharmasave’s more than 650 locations across the country. Funds raised will support world-class research and services for patients and their families, such as the Cancer Information Service which answered more than 43,000 questions from Canadians last year.

“When the ones we love are diagnosed with or die from cancer, friends and family often want to do something to help or honour them. Fundraising enables change and we can all have a part in advancing the cancer cause through our generosity,” Carly Schur, national director, corporate programs for the Canadian Cancer Society, said. “We are very pleased to partner with Pharmasave and are inspired by how the campaign has grown over the years thanks to the hard work and commitment of the staff in every store location.”

Pharmasave has been a committed partner of the Canadian Cancer Society over several years and has helped raise more than $370,000.

“From coast to coast, giving back to the community is a core value at Pharmasave,” Jennifer Engele, national manager, marketing and communications, said. Each Pharmasave store operates independently to serve its individual community, with programs and services tailored to the needs of the consumers and a commitment to helping all customers. “Pharmasave proudly supports what matters in communities because communities matter to Pharmasave,” Engele added.

This April, Pharmasave encourages Canadians to make donation and proudly wear a daffodil pin as a sign of their commitment to the fight against cancer.

 

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Walgreens, Huggies address diaper need with former Cubs catcher

BY Michael Johnsen

Former Chicago Cub catcher David Ross is coming back to Chicagoland to team up with Huggies and the hometown pharmacy player Walgreens to get 250,000 clean diapers to Chicago families experiencing need. On Thursday, April 5, Ross will be in a Walgreens store to talk about the program and the diaper need in our communities.

As many as 1 in 3 families in the U.S. – and 47% of families in Chicago– face diaper need, which is the struggle to provide enough clean diapers to keep a baby or toddler clean, dry and healthy.

As part of Kimberly Clark’s “No Baby Unhugged” program, Huggies and Walgreens will donate $10,000, 1.5 million diapers and 250,000 wipes to the National Diaper Bank Network. Of the donated diapers, 250,000 will go to the local nonprofit Cradles to Crayons Chicago, which works to make life better for children in need.

Chicagoans can get involved by purchasing a pack of Huggies at Walgreens stores or Walgreens.com from now through April 29. Every purchase will spark the donation.

According to a National Diaper Bank Network survey, almost three in four families feel they’re not being good parents when their children are left too long in dirty diapers, and yet, one in three families struggle with diaper need. Three in five of those parents (57%) miss work or school due to a lack of sufficient diapers required by childcare, daycare or early education programs to care for a baby or toddler – missing an average of four days of work or school in just a month. And most families in need (65%) don’t even know that diaper banks like Cradles to Crayons exist.

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Walmart announces expansion of transfer services program

BY Marianne Wilson

Walmart is expanding Walmart2Walmart, a program it launched four years ago that targets unbanked consumers, allowing them to transfer money between its U.S. stores.

The discount giant is rolling out the initiative to the global wire service market under the banner of Walmart2World, Powered by Moneygram. Scheduled to launch in all of Walmart’s 4,700 U.S. stores this month, Walmart2World will allow customers to transfer funds to people in more than 200 countries.

The retailer said of the key features that will differentiate Walmart2World from other global wire service offerings will be its low, consistent prices and speed. The fees for the service will be the same regardless of where the sender is located and where the money is being sent. It will cost the sender $4 to send up to $50; $8 to send $51 to $1,000; and $16 to send $1,001 to $2,500.

“This is unlike other international transfer services that change the fee to transfer money based on where the sender and/or receiver are located,” Walmart stated.

Also, funds transferred via Walmart2World will be delivered in 10 minutes or less, regardless of where the receiver chooses to pick up the money at one of MoneyGram’s agent locations in 200 countries, or an international bank or mobile wallet account. Other international wire services can take up to three days to deliver the funds, according to the retailer.

Customers using the program can also save time by using the retailer’s app’s mobile express money services feature. After a one-time set-up, customers initiate their transfer from the company’s app, and once at the store, fast-track through the mobile express lane to quickly complete their transaction.

“We think sending money should cost the same regardless of where you send it; that’s why we’ve designed a brand new global wire service to send money to 200 countries with a consistently low fee,” Kirsty Ward, VP of Walmart Services said. “There are millions of people sending money around the world to help loved ones with everyday needs or in times of emergency. Walmart2World, Powered by Moneygram helps customers get money to family and friends across the world in minutes, and the new low fees mean more of their hard-earned cash goes where it’s needed most.”

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