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SALT LAKE CITY -- Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores is donating $1 million to Children's Miracle Network, a charity that raises funds for more than 170 children's hospitals, the company reported.
"Love's is excited to make a $1 million contribution to Children's Miracle Network, the majority of which our store teams raised," said Jenny Love Meyer, director of communications at Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores. "The energy that they exhibited during the campaign was palpable. I appreciate them and the customers who donated to Children's Miracle Network."
Each September, customers are encouraged to purchase paper heart icons valued at $1, $5 or $25, and they also participate in other local fundraising events hosted by Love's employees such as auctions, raffles, hot dog or bake sales, and car washes. These fundraising activities raised nearly $1 million for the 86 Children's Miracle Network hospitals in Love's markets. The Love family generously donated the extra amount to bring the 2010 total to $1 million.
The funds raised from Love's four-week campaign will help create miracles by funding medical care, research and education that saves and improves the lives of 17 million children treated at Children's Miracle Network hospitals each year and the funds stay in the community where they were raised.
Love's has been a partner of Children's Miracle Network since 1998, raising funds for children's hospitals through various fundraising campaigns. Love's and its customers have raised more than $4.5 million to help sick and injured children in the communities where it operates.