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The GIANT Company Gives $1 Million to #CMNHershey

The GIANT Company is donating $1 million to Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Children’s Hospital to support the care of sick and injured children. The gift will fund a car seat safety program, a health and wellness program for local schools and the expansion of Penn State Children’s Hospital.

  • The gift will expand the Pediatric Trauma and Injury Prevention Program’s car seat safety initiative to provide families in need with free car seats and installation support. The program currently hosts as many as six car seat safety stations per month in Dauphin County. The funding will expand this service to additional counties including Cumberland, Lebanon and York. The additional safety stations will be held four times per month at various GIANT locations beginning in September.
  • The gift will also expand the Penn State PRO Wellness Healthy Champions program, which currently reaches more than 600 schools K-12 across Pennsylvania. The program assesses each school’s nutrition and wellness initiatives and provides tailored resources for improvement including food demonstrations, special events and educational resources.
  • Lastly, the gift will support the three-floor expansion of Penn State Children’s Hospital. The GIANT Company will be recognized for its support on two “Walls of Hope” in the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which is scheduled to open this fall. The walls will include large screen monitors that display inspiring images of children who have “graduated” from the NICU.

“We are humbled by The GIANT Company’s continued generosity and commitment to saving and improving the lives of children in our community,” said Deborah Berini, president, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. “This gift will help families struggling with economic hardships, local students who face an uncertain school year and pediatric patients who will need access to our growing children’s hospital in the coming year. Thank you, GIANT Company!”

“Like so many in our community, The GIANT Company sees Penn State Children’s Hospital as a beacon of hope and healing for so many families across Central Pennsylvania,” said Nicholas Bertram, president, The GIANT Company. “As a company wholeheartedly committed to changing children’s lives, we are grateful for the opportunity to do so in partnership with Penn State Children’s Hospital. We know that these funds will enable the doctors, nurses, child life specialists and the hospital’s entire care team to continue making a difference in the lives of those they serve, now and for years to come, truly connecting families for a better future.”

The $1 million gift to Children’s Miracle Network Hershey is in addition to The GIANT Company’s annual register campaigns and golf outing, which raised $870,555 in 2019. GIANT’s 2020 balloon campaign in June raised more than $230,000. To celebrate, GIANT donated meals to pediatric nurses. They purchased the food from Fenicci’s of Hershey as a thank you to owner Phil Guarno who donated meals to healthcare workers at the start of COVID-19.

Phil Guarno of Fenicci’s drops off food to nurse manager Tracey Peterson and other pediatric nurses at the north entrance of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center on Thursday, July 23, 2020. GIANT Food Stores is donating the food in conjunction with their Children’s Miracle Network balloon campaign total announcement. and bought the food from Fenicci’s to support Guarno’s business and all of the food donations he made during the early months of COVID-19.

In March, The GIANT Company also donated $250,000 to five Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals including Penn State Children’s Hospital to support COVID-19 response efforts. The GIANT Company also made a gift when the free-standing Penn State Children’s Hospital opened in 2013 and named the elevator vestibule on the first floor. As the top corporate donor to Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Children’s Hospital, The GIANT Company has donated more than $11 million since 1996 toward the hospital’s mission to provide world-class care for our region’s children.

About Penn State Children’s Hospital 

Penn State Children’s Hospital is the only children’s hospital between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia fully equipped to treat the most severely ill children of central Pennsylvania, with both the highest level neonatal intensive care unit and a Level I pediatric trauma center. Children’s Hospital physicians and nurses provide comprehensive support and specialized care to infants, children and adolescents every day. Located on the campus of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa., the Children’s Hospital focuses on providing first-rate health care to all children, from those with complex heart disease to childhood cancers, allowing patients to receive the full spectrum of highest quality care close to their homes.

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is an international non-profit organization that has affiliations with 170 children’s hospitals, including Penn State Children’s Hospital. Gifts raised locally through the Children’s Miracle Network program benefit patients treated at Penn State Children’s Hospital by funding equipment, patient programs and pediatric research. More than $74 million has been raised to benefit the Children’s Hospital through Children’s Miracle Network since the program began in 1984.

About The GIANT Company

Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Pa., The GIANT Company is passionate about connecting families and creating healthier communities. As an omni-channel retailer, The GIANT Company proudly serves millions of neighbors across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. With more than 35,000 talented team members supporting nearly 190 stores, 132 pharmacies, 105 fuel stations, and over 130 online pickup hubs and grocery delivery service in hundreds of zip codes, The GIANT Company is changing the customer experience and creating an impact in local communities for a better future. The GIANT Company family of brands includes GIANT, MARTIN’S, GIANT Heirloom Market, GIANT Direct and MARTIN’S Direct. The GIANT Company is a company of Ahold Delhaize USA. For more information, visit the GIANT or MARTIN’S websites.