Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Celebrates Rite Aid’s 26 Years of Giving

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Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) celebrates Rite Aid and The Rite Aid Foundation’s support of more than a quarter of a century in giving through its relationship with the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals. This includes a total of $5 million donated to CHOP over 26 years, with funds supporting the Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy Department, and most recently CHOP’s Community Asthma Prevention Program Plus (CAPP+) Home Repairs Program.

“We are grateful for our longstanding partnership with Rite Aid and the Rite Aid Foundation through CMN Hospitals,” said Monica Taylor Lotty, Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation. “Their support has enabled us to greatly enhance the patient family experience, as well as further our commitment to advocating for children in underserved communities. We congratulate them for 26 years of giving to improve the health and well-being of children in all the communities Rite Aid serves.”

In 2019, the Rite Aid Foundation awarded CHOP a $300,000 grant to fund its CAPP+ Home Repairs Program, developed to address the impact of unhealthy housing on pediatric asthma outcomes in West Philadelphia neighborhoods. The grant allowed CAPP+ to fully fund home repairs, provide families with essential supplies necessary to reduce asthma triggers and improve health outcomes by reducing hospitalizations and emergency room visits. CAPP+ is an initiative of Healthier Together, CHOP’s umbrella initiative that focuses on some of the most pressing health and economic needs in neighborhoods surrounding the hospital’s campus.

Combined, Rite Aid and its charitable arm will support CMN Hospitals, including CHOP, with over $5.6 million of collective support in 2020, bringing the company’s lifetime giving to more than $102 million. Rite Aid has hosted the annual Miracle Balloon Campaign for 26 years, with associates rallying to collect donations from its customers to fund patient services, pediatric programs and more at children’s hospitals.

“This milestone is the culmination of millions and millions of small acts of kindness, compassion and care for each other. Raised dollar by dollar over more than 25 years, these funds have literally saved lives and changed children’s futures,” said Jessica Kazmaier, President of The Rite Aid Foundation and Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Rite Aid. “We are grateful for the care that children’s hospitals provide to our neighborhoods and thank our loyal customers for everyday generosity that has accumulated into immeasurable, life-changing impact.”

Contact: Jennifer Lee, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 267-426-6084 or leej41@email.chop.edu