OKLAHOMA CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) store Employees and Customers raised more than $2.76 million for sick and injured children through its five-week store campaign to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and promotion of National Coffee Day. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit during Love’s 18th annual campaign, forcing several locations in Texas and Florida to temporarily close. Despite the challenge, Love’s Employees surpassed their goal of raising $2.6 million and set a company record for the most money raised during the in-store campaign.
“Every year, our Employees show passion for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and this year they also demonstrated perseverance,” said Jenny Love Meyer, vice president of communications for Love’s. “Other locations stepped up their fundraising efforts so we could still make a difference for kids while Employees in storm-affected areas focused on recovery efforts. We’re thankful for the Customers who support this cause every year, and really proud of our Employees who endured through the challenges.”
From Aug. 26-Sept. 30, Love’s team members sold Miracle Balloon icons for donations and organized events like 5K runs, bowling tournaments, fishing tournaments, cookouts, and more. Love’s showed additional support for CMN Hospitals on National Coffee Day, which took place Sept. 29 during the store campaign. To honor the day, all 24-ounce coffees and cappuccinos were discounted to $1, with all sales going to CMN Hospitals.
"We're so grateful that Love's Travel Stops' Employees and Customers helped smash this year's campaign fundraising goals," said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. "The generosity and dedication that everyone has shown to help their local communities and save kids’ lives is tremendous. Thank you for helping Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country by funding vital treatments, research, equipment and charity care each year."
Of the 170 CMN Hospitals members throughout North America, 101 benefit from Love’s annual campaign. Since beginning its partnership with CMN Hospitals in 1999, Love’s has raised more than $20 million for the nonprofit organization.
About Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Founded in 1964, Love’s has more than 430 locations in 41 states. Love’s provides professional truck drivers and motorists with 24-hour access to clean and safe places to purchase gasoline, diesel fuel, travel items, electronics, snacks and more, as well as a selection of restaurant offerings. On-site Love’s Truck Tire Care centers offer roadside assistance, tire care and light mechanical services for professional truck drivers. Showers, CAT scales and other services for professional truck drivers are also available. Love’s, which remains family-owned and operated, employs more than 17,000 people. To learn more, visit www.loves.com.
About 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 http://CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.