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Pitching In: Smith’s raises $2 million for children’s hospitals

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Smith’s Food & Drug Stores has donated $2 million to children’s hospitals in the Intermountain West as part of its annual campaign to support charity health-care programs for injured and sick children who are less fortunate.

UNM Children's Hospital is one of several in the Intermountain West benefiting from Smith's benefit fundraising programs. (Source: UNM)

UNM Children’s Hospital is one of several in the Intermountain West benefiting from Smith’s benefit fundraising programs. (Source: UNM)

University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital received $350,000 of the donation, bringing Smith’s total contribution to the facility at $955,000 since 2011. Other hospitals receiving donations in major Smith’s markets include: Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City; St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Las Vegas, Nev.; and Renown Children’s Hospital in Reno.

Smith’s, in a news release, said it is committed to further the mission of each hospital in caring for children battling cancer, heart disease, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, prematurity, and many other illnesses and injuries. The contribution is a result of fundraising efforts over the summer with customers, Smith’s associates, an annual vendor golf tournament and change collected from coin boxes at checkout stands.

The UNMCH is New Mexico’s only dedicated Children’s Hospital trained to deliver the most advanced neonatology and pediatric care. Nearly 60,000 children receive services each year, over half of whom live outside of the Albuquerque area. The range of care extends from acute illness and trauma to chronic disease and disability.

“Smith’s Food & Drug and its customers continue to be one of our most valued supporters in furthering our mission of caring for critically ill and injured children,” said Steve McKernan, UNMCH CEO. “This incredibly generous contribution supports programs that make UNMCH one of the finest children’s hospitals in the country.”

UNM Hospital was founded more than 50 years ago and encompasses a system of five state-of-the-art health-care facilities: UNM Hospital, UNM Children’s Hospital (the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in the state of New Mexico), UNM Carrie Tingley Hospital, UNM Psychiatric Center, and UNM Children’s Psychiatric Center. These five facilities all work together to provide the best surgical techniques, medical treatments and the latest drug therapies to the entire state of New Mexico, southern Colorado and eastern Arizona.

La-Z-Boy raises $5K for McDonald House

As part of its commitment to give back to the local community, La-Z-Boy recently hosted a local promotion to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico and raised almost $5,000.

For a $20 donation, the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries stores in Albuquerque offered consumers a 20 percent discount on their furniture purchase. Two area La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries participated and presented a check for $4,777 to their local RMHC-NM.

“La-Z-Boy is committed to not only providing comfort to our customers, but also to those in need in our community,” said Jeff Mauldin, president of the two local Albuquerque stores, in a statement. “This promotional event was just one small way that we could help families in our community at a time when they need it most and we look forward to continuing to make a difference at our local Ronald McDonald House for years to come.”

As the official furniture provider of RMHC, La-Z-Boy has been supporting RMHC-NM since 2008 through annual furniture donations, monetary contributions and volunteer efforts. This involvement has resulted in thousands of hours, dollars and donations of quality home furnishings consisting of stationary and motion sofas, loveseats and sectionals, occasional tables and other wood furniture, as well as ottomans, accent chairs and, of course, recliners.

General Mills aids St. Felix Pantry

General Mills Foundation earlier this summer awarded St. Felix Pantry a grant in the amount of $5,000 on behalf of the Albuquerque Community Action Council for the pantry’s program called Healthy Food Choices.

“Needless to say, that amount of money will go a long way in helping feed New Mexico’s hungry. It is encouraging to know that the General Mills Foundation continues to care for the community in which it is present,” Manuel Casias, vice president of development for St. Felix Pantry said in a statement.

General Mills has been a leader in recognizing the spectrum of social change that food is able to advance for families across the world. One initiative that the General Mills Foundation supports is hunger by providing food to those in need, the company said in a news release.

St. Felix Pantry, a Felician-sponsored ministry, accepts food at its location on 4020 Barbara Loop SE in Rio Rancho, Tuesday through Saturday from 6 a.m. until 12 noon.

For more information about St. Felix Pantry please call Manuel Casias at 505-891-8075 or email at mcasias@stfelixpantry.org.

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