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DALLAS – While the dozen 7-Eleven stores that were outfitted as Kwik-E-Marts last month have resumed their traditional façade, the Simpsons' fun will not stop, as the Dallas-based company will donate the yellow "brick" store exteriors, polystyrene renditions of some of "The Simpsons Movie" cast and interior and exterior marketing signs to the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
"We have left it up to the hospitals to use the Kwik-E-Marts where they believe they will do the most good or bring the most joy," Nancy Lear, 7-Eleven community relations director, said in a statement. "Our employees and customers have had a lot of fun this month, and we hope that, by passing the Kwik-E-Marts along to Children's Miracle Network hospitals, we can help raise much-needed funds for these hospitals while continuing to bring laughter to people."
While the Simpsons-themed products -- including Buzz Cola and Krusty-Os cereal -- and other licensed Simpsons' merchandise will be available at participating stores through August while supplies last, the bright pink doughnuts that reached sales of more than one million will continue to be offered in stores, as it was developed by 7-Eleven and its bakery partners, and can be made fresh and delivered daily to stores, the company stated.
The future of the renditions of the Simpsons' cast will be spent in a variety of ways. 7-Eleven decided to donate all Kwik-E-Mart "sets" to Children's Miracle Network-affiliated hospitals, to either raise funds through auction and/or to entertain patients. All recipient hospitals are located in the same major metropolitan areas as the Kwik-E-Mart stores.
Two Children's Miracle Network Hospitals -- Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and Children's Hospital of Denver -- have already planned radio-thons where items will be auctioned off to listeners. Other network hospitals plan to display the characters in hospital play areas.
Metropolitan-area hospitals benefiting from the 7-Eleven donation of Kwik-E-Mart items are:
-- Chicago -- Children's Memorial Hospital
-- Dallas -- Children's Medical Center
-- Denver -- The Children's Hospital (Chief Wiggum to Denver Police Department)
-- Las Vegas -- St. Rose Dominican Hospitals -- Pediatric Care Unit
-- Los Angeles (two Kwik-E-Mart locations) -- Children's Hospital Los Angeles (Chief Wiggum to Burbank Police Department)
-- Manhattan -- Children's Miracle Network-Metro New York (representing Children's Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, N.J.; Schneider Children's Hospital/North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System in New Hyde Park, N.Y.; Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J.; Children's Hospital at Montefiore in New York City; Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y.)
Orlando -- Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
San Francisco -- Children's Hospital and Research Center
Seattle -- Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center
Washington, D.C. -- Children's National Medical Center