Monday, December 8, 2008

Rite Aid to Spread Holiday Cheer to Patients at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Associates Bearing Toys, Games & Holiday Happiness Visit Children’s as Part of Rite Aid's Commitment to Children's Miracle Network

A team of Rite Aid elves from the Atlanta area will visit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, to bring the magic of the holidays to children who may not be able to celebrate the season at home with their families and friends. The Rite Aid elves will festively frolic to Children’s at 1 p.m. Friday, December 12, to give gifts of toys and games to every child.

“Children love the magic of the holidays, and every child deserves to have fun and enjoy the season. Rite Aid associates support Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta year round, but it’s especially important for us to make the holiday season as special as possible for children who may have to be in the hospital during this time of the year,” said Toni Bowen, Rite Aid Regional Pharmacy Vice President.

"We are so pleased that Rite Aid will help bring holiday cheer to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta,” said Terilyn Walton, Program Coordinator at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “Representatives of Rite Aid stores in the area will visit the children and give them gifts, but they will receive the greatest gifts of all in return when they see the children’s faces light up!"

The holiday visit is part of Rite Aid’s corporate sponsorship and ongoing commitment to Children’s Miracle Network, a non-profit organization helping to raise funds and awareness for 170 hospitals caring for children in North America. Rite Aid has raised more than $35 million since 1994 for pediatric hospitals supported by the Children’s Miracle Network. One hundred percent of funds raised at Rite Aid stores go directly to the local hospitals. Rite Aid associates across the country will be visiting 18 different pediatric hospitals during the holidays.

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with more than 4,900 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia with fiscal 2008 annual sales of more than $24.3 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research and education. Managing more than half a million patient visits annually at three hospitals and 15 satellite locations, Children’s is one of the largest clinical care providers for children in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 30 pediatric specialties, and has been consistently ranked among the top children’s hospitals by Child magazine and U.S.News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s has made an impact in the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit or call 404-250-KIDS for more information.
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