The March of Dimes longest-standing and top overall corporate partner, Kmart, celebrates its 34th year of commitment to healthy babies by launching its in-store fundraising campaign, slated for March 19 – June 17. The campaign coincides with the March of Dimes signature fundraiser, March for Babies, which takes place in nearly 500 communities nationwide this spring. This year’s fundraising efforts are being led by Kelly Cook, chief marketing officer for Kmart and mother of triplets born five weeks premature. “As the mother of children who were born too soon and needed help, I’m grateful for the work of the March of Dimes,” said Ms. Cook. “But Kmart’s Shop Your Way members, customers and associates are the real heroes for babies. Each year they remain dedicated to our fundraising efforts by supporting the March of Dimes coast-to-coast.” Kmart's annual fundraising campaigns have raised more than $140 million in support of the March of Dimes work over the past 33 years - more than any other corporation in the foundation’s history. In addition to raising funds in store and online, Kmart also sells a collectible puppy figurine, of which a portion of those sold is donated back to the March of Dimes. “Kmart's efforts and unwavering commitment have helped to advance the critical work being done by the March of Dimes to improve the health of all babies,” says Stacey D. Stewart, president of the March of Dimes. “Their efforts have played a major role in the discovery of breakthroughs, like surfactant therapy for preemies that have saved the lives of countless children.” The funds raised by Kmart have benefited the March of Dimes by helping the organization:
- Provide reliable and up-to-date information on healthy pregnancy and newborn care;
- Advocate for better healthcare coverage for pregnant women and babies;
- Fight for better newborn screening requirements in every state;
- Further prevention efforts to support education and awareness about Zika virus;
- Help more moms get access to prenatal care.