HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Sept. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kmart, recently named "CorporatePartner of the Year" by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® for its efforts to help fund research and treatment in the ongoing battle to end childhood cancer, has kicked off its 2013 St. Jude Thanks and Giving® fundraising campaign earlier than ever, giving holiday and layaway shoppers more opportunity to contribute to the campaign. This year, Kmart is rewarding Shop Your Way members who give back -- now through Dec. 28 members will receive a coupon for five percent back in points on their next qualifying in-store or online merchandise purchase through Jan. 31, 2014*.
"Our holiday season at Kmart would not be the same without St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and we're happy to recognize the generosity of our Shop Your Way members this year," said Clay Wahl, senior vice president of Kmart Retail Services. "We're always humbled by the outpouring of support from our members and associates, and hope to raise even more money this year to help more families have a healthy and happy holiday."
Shop Your Way members and Kmart shoppers can donate to help the children and families of St. Jude through a $1, $5 or $10 add-on program at check-out in all Kmart stores, or online via a link at Kmart.com/StJude. Kmart will also bring back its popular collectible St. Jude bear ornament, for purchase in-store and online at kmart.com starting Nov. 15. A donation of $1 will go to St. Jude for each ornament purchased, with a minimum donation of $50,000.
"The incredible support we receive from Kmart and its loyal customers during the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign is critical in our fight to end childhood cancer," said Marlo Thomas, national outreach director for St. Jude. "St. Jude is where doctors send some of their toughest cases because we have the world's best survival rates for the most aggressive childhood cancers. Kmart's ongoing commitment helps us continue that lifesaving work while staying true to my father's founding promise that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should have to worry about is helping their child live."
St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened 50 years ago. With the continued support of partners like Kmart and its loyal members and customers, St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90% in the next decade and won't stop until no child dies from cancer.
Kmart has raised more than $37 million for St. Jude through in-store and online donations since 2006. All funds raised go directly to help children battling cancer and other deadly diseases. St. Jude additionally recognized Kmart as its Corporate Partner of the Year in 2010 and 2011.
Kmart, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a mass merchandising company and part of SHOP YOUR WAY, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through ShopYourWay.com. Kmart offers customers quality products through a portfolio of exclusive brands that include Sofia by Sofia Vergara, Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense. For more information visit the company's website at www.kmart.com | Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com | Facebook: www.facebook.com/kmart.
About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®
Since opening more than 50 years ago, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. Join that mission by visiting stjude.org or following us on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.
*OFFER VALID 9/15/13 thru 12/28/13 in-store and online. Cannot combine with any other coupon for the same item(s) and cannot double. Limit (1) Kmart coupon per transaction. Not valid on BOGO; gift cards; non-merchandise; concessions; federal or state regulated items; alcohol; tobacco; fuel; items behind the pharmacy counter; prescriptions; prior and online purchases; partial-paid special order items; Lands' End; Scrubology; Sears merchandise; if copied, transferred or obtained through channels not approved by Sears Holdings and/or where prohibited by law. Any other use constitutes fraud. Coupon value pro-rated across all qualifying items; including qualifying items purchased, and will be deducted from account upon return. Cash value 1/20¢. Online code limited to one-time use only and applies to merchandise marked sold by Kmart only. To redeem online enter online code into "promo code" field at checkout. Valid at all U.S. and Puerto Rico Kmart store locations and on kmart.com. Members earn Points on Qualifying Purchases. Subject to full program terms available at shopyourway.com. Use of this coupon constitutes your acceptance of the SYW terms and conditions, available at www.shopyourway.com/terms. Receipt of this coupon may affect the tax deductibility of your donation. Consult your own tax advisor.
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