HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Dec. 18 Kmart is pleased toannounce an increase in its fundraising efforts for the fifth annual St. JudeChildren's Research Hospital Thanks and Giving(R) campaign this holidayseason. To date, Kmart has raised more than $3 million and is poised to raisemore than $4 million this year to become one of the highest revenue generatingpartners for the campaign which asks consumers to "Give thanks for the healthykids in your life, and give to those who are not."
"The children of St. Jude, their Moms and Dads and I are thrilled towelcome back Kmart to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Thanks andGiving campaign," said Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude."Kmart's dedication to this holiday campaign helps ensure that St. Jude cancontinue the lifesaving research and care that has brought hope to so manyfamilies."
To recognize this commitment and effort, on Dec. 9, Donald J. Germano, SVPand GM, Kmart, and Marlo Thomas joined St. Jude patients to ring the openingbell for NASDAQ, and on Dec. 10, Kmart donated thousands of toys to GoodMorning America who will, in turn, donate them to St. Jude. Kmart continues toask customers to make contributions to the Thanks and Giving campaign andencourages customers to participate by:
"Kmart has always been committed to supporting children and their health,and in 2006 we decided to take that dedication one step further by partneringwith St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The past three years have been atremendous success, raising more than $8 million, and we look forward tomaking 2008 a record-breaking year," said Mark Snyder, Kmart's chief marketingofficer. "We appreciate all that our customers and associates have done tosupport this campaign and recognize that this holiday season is an especiallydifficult one and are thankful for everyone's generosity during this time."
Kmart, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (Nasdaq:SHLD), is a mass merchandising company that offers customers quality productsthrough a portfolio of exclusive brands that include Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer,Martha Stewart Everyday and Route 66. For more information visit the company'swebsite at www.kmart.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website atwww.searsholdings.com.
About St. Jude
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized forits pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and othercatastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer centerto be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National CancerInstitute. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis,Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medicalcommunities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer researchcenter where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. Nochild is ever denied treatment because of the family's inability to pay. St.Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. For moreinformation, please visit www.stjude.org.
About Thanks and Giving
The St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Thanks and Giving nationalcampaign is an unprecedented union of celebrities, media, retail and corporatepartners that ask consumers to "Give thanks for the healthy kids in your life,and give to those who are not." The Thanks and Giving initiative was createdin 2004 by Marlo Thomas and her siblings Terre and Tony Thomas, children ofSt. Jude founder Danny Thomas. Funds raised by the campaign support thelifesaving work of St. Jude - to find cures for children with cancer and othercatastrophic diseases through research and treatment. St. Jude impacts thelives of children in communities across the country. Consumers are asked toshop at companies where the St. Jude green magnifying glass logo is displayed;donate online at www.stjude.org, where a list of fund-raising partners isavailable, or call 1-800-4STJUDE.- Shopping in Kmart where you will see the St. Jude Thanks and Giving logo - a magnifying glass set against a bright green background, which symbolizes the ongoing search for cures at St. Jude. Visit www.stjude.org for a list of participating partners. - Adding a donation at the check-out counter. - Purchasing specialty merchandise at participating partners to benefit St. Jude. - Donating online at www.stjude.org or by calling 1-800-4STJUDE. You can also make a donation in memory or honor of a loved one and send a special Thanks and Giving holiday tribute card.