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Rite Aid commences fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network

BY Allison Cerra

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is hoping to raise $5 million to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals as it kicks off its 17th annual fundraising campaign for the nonprofit organization.

The company said it is encouraging customers to support their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital this season by buying $1 paper Miracle balloons through May 28. The drug store chain said 100% of the proceeds for the campaign will be donated to the nonprofit, which raises funds for more than 170 children’s hospitals throughout North America. Customers who purchase the paper balloon will each receive $8 in coupon offers good for products sold at Rite Aid.

Last year, the company raised $4.9 million. Rite Aid associates also host special events throughout the year to raise funds for the charity.

“Our fundraising campaign for Children’s Miracle Network is just one way Rite Aid associates demonstrate our core value of being a caring neighbor,” said John Standley, Rite Aid president and CEO. “They are committed to raising as much as they can for their local children’s hospital, and I know that this year, through their above-and-beyond efforts, they’ll help make even more miracles happen for those who need it the most.”

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American Greetings gives moms a ‘standing ovation’

BY Allison Cerra

CLEVELAND — American Greetings is applauding moms for their unconditional love and endless support and advice with a new greeting card line this Mother’s Day.

New Standing Ovations are 3-D pop-up cards that include audio and intricate paper engineering, the company said.

"We know consumers want to make a grand gesture on Mother’s Day to let important moms in their lives know just how special they are, so we combined exciting paper technology with beautiful artwork into a card that really makes a statement," said Carol Miller, executive director of new product concepts at American Greetings. "As the next generation of pop-up cards, Standing Ovations really deliver a surprising treat sure to let mom know that you love and appreciate her in a big way."

Consumers can find Standing Ovations for Mother’s Day at participating drug chains, grocery stores and mass retailers nationwide, as well as in American Greetings and Carlton Cards retail stores.

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Poll: Most women consider themselves bargain shoppers

BY Allison Cerra

YONKERS, N.Y. — More than three-quarters of women regard themselves as bargain hunters, a new national poll featured in the May issue of ShopSmart magazine found.

For these women, saving money and the thrill of a deal are the prime motivators, according to the poll, which was conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. Among 1,010 female adults ages 18 years and older, 76% considered themselves bargain hunters, with 10% noting they enjoy the challenge of finding the best deal. Additionally, 65% of women typically opt to purchase items when there is a sale, versus buying items at full price.

But while 40% bargain-shop because of a limited budget, and one-quarter of women noted they hate to overspend, more than 4-out-of-5 women (83%) still would search for a bargain if money was no object.

When it comes to savings, coupon usage is widespread, with 91% of those surveyed disclosing they use coupons to get a better deal. Among these respondents, 51% print coupons from the Internet, 29% use competitor coupons and 11% use coupons directly off their cell phone.

So where are these women shopping for the best deals? The top go-to locations named by respondents were mass merchandisers, dollar stores and discount stores.

The news comes at the heels of reports that disclosed looming food and gas prices this summer.

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