This Valentine's season, Sears and Kmart customers and associates showed their heart for military families by donating more than $300,000 towards the "Have a Heart for Military Families" program. The initiative, held in stores from February 9-11, will benefit Fisher House, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing "a home away from home" for injured military members and their families.
"This generous donation comes at a critical time for our organization," said David A. Coker, President of Fisher House Foundation. "Last year, our 37 Fisher Houses were home to more than 10,000 service members and with the growing number of casualties, the need for additional homes is urgent. We plan to build 21 additional Fisher Houses over the next four years, primarily to assist injured servicemen and women and their families. We are thankful for this very timely and needed support from Sears and Kmart."
"Sears and Kmart have a longstanding commitment to those in the military, and we feel privileged to have assisted the troops and their families through this initiative," said Aylwin Lewis, president and CEO of Sears Holdings Corporation. "We thank our customers for opening their hearts to help military families stay close to their loved ones when they need it most."
About Sears Holdings Corporation
Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) is the nation's third largest broadline retailer, with approximately $55 billion in annual revenues, and with approximately 3,800 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. Sears Holdings is the leading home appliance retailer as well as a leader in tools, lawn and garden, home electronics and automotive repair and maintenance. Key proprietary brands include Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard, and a broad apparel offering, including such well-known labels as Lands' End, Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer, as well as the Apostrophe and Covington brands. It also has Martha Stewart Everyday products, which are offered exclusively in the U.S. by Kmart and in Canada by Sears Canada. The company is the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 13 million service calls made annually. For more information, visit Sears Holdings' website at http://www.searsholdings.com/ .
Sears Holdings' longstanding commitment to assisting troops and their families includes several recruiting and employment programs. The company offers a military pay differential to employees serving in the armed forces. Additionally, reservists who are employed full-time are allowed to continue participating in life insurance, medical and dental programs. Sears and Kmart also hold a comparable position for these individuals for up to five years.
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