MILWAUKEE (5/21/2013) - Kohl's Department Stores today announced a $1.5 million donation to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin from Kohl's Cares, the company's philanthropic platform, to fund the Kohl's Cares Grow Safe & Healthy program. The program is designed to make Wisconsin kids and families aware of safety risks in and out of their homes, and the necessary steps to help avoid injury. The $1.5 million gift represents the largest corporate donation to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin this year.
Injury is the leading cause of death for children ages one to 14 in the United States and in Wisconsin. As children's injury prevention is a priority for both Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and Kohl's Cares, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is launching the Kohl's Cares Grow Safe & Healthy program, which features several fun, interactive kiosks along with mobile and digital extensions that aim to teach children and families about injury prevention. The program will focus on educating children and families about the leading causes of preventable childhood injuries in the home, including falls, poisoning, fire and burns, choking and suffocation and drowning. The Kohl's Cares Grow Safe & Healthy program will also address out-of-home issues, such as distracted driving and seat belt use.
"Kohl's is proud to continue our partnership with Children's Hospital of Wisconsin," said Kevin Mansell, Kohl's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Together, we are working to educate Wisconsin children and families about injury prevention to create a safer, healthier community."
The Kohl's Cares Grow Safe & Healthy program will present age-relevant information to remind Wisconsin families that injury prevention is important at all ages. The mobile tour, which will launch at ChocolateFest in Burlington, Wis. on May 24, will bring educational kiosks to family-friendly fairs and festivals throughout the year in southeastern Wisconsin.
Additionally, USB's will be handed out at event stops, allowing families to go online for additional information about injury prevention. Kiosks will also be placed at seven locations in the greater Milwaukee area, and the interactive programming will be available as a free mobile phone application.
"With Kohl's generous $1.5 million donation, we are honored to continue our long-standing partnership and joint commitment to the Milwaukee community," said Bridget Clementi, director of community health, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. "Our work together allows us to develop fun and educational programs for the kids and families in our area."
The donation is funded through the Kohl's Cares cause merchandise program, which sells special merchandise, including plush toys and books, and donates 100 percent of the net profit to benefit children's health and education initiatives nationwide. Since 2000, Kohl's Department Stores together with Kohl's Cares have combined to give more than $55 million to support charitable initiatives in the metro-Milwaukee area, including more than $8.3 million to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin to help improve the health and safety of Wisconsin children. To date, the Kohl's Cares cause merchandise program has raised more than $231 million for children's initiatives nationwide.
For more information on the Kohl's Cares Grow Safe & Healthy program, visit www.KohlsSafeAndHealthy.com.
Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl's (NYSE: KSS) is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. With a commitment to environmental leadership, Kohl's operates 1,155 stores in 49 states. In support of the communities it serves, Kohl's has raised more than $231 million for children's initiatives nationwide through its Kohl's Cares cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl's Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl's Department Stores, Inc. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com, join the discussion on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/kohls) or Twitter (http://twitter.com/Kohls) or get inspired on Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/kohls/) and Instagram (http://instagram.com/kohls).
About Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is the region's only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wis., is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States and is ranked No. 4 in the nation by Parents magazine. Children's Hospital provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2011, Children's Hospital invested more than $100 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children's Hospital achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a member of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. For more information, visit the website at chw.org.