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Ralphs Helps to Make Holiday Season Brighter for Children at California Hospital Medical Center

Tuesday, December 23, 2008 General News J E 4
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LOS ANGELES, Dec. 22 In the spirit of the holiday season,Ralphs Supermarkets is giving a $5,000 gift to California Hospital MedicalCenter.

The gift will be used by the CHMC's Pediatrics Department to purchaseholiday presents for young children being treated at the downtown Los Angeleshospital. The donation is being made through the supermarket company'sphilanthropic arm, the Ralphs Fund.

"With the sluggish economy, we're proud to be able to step up and helpchildren in our community," said Mike Donnelly, President of RalphsSupermarkets. "During this season of giving, we cannot think of a better wayto invest in our community than by giving families with children in thehospital a reason to celebrate, and look forward to a healthier future."

Santa Claus will distribute toys and other gifts the hospital plans topurchase with the grant from Ralphs to children at CHMC's annual familyholiday party on Tuesday, December 23, 2008.

"Our patients and their families are truly grateful for this holidaycelebration," said CHMC Foundation President Cliff Hoffman. "It means a lot tous that our business neighbors such as Ralphs share our commitment tocommunity service."

Last year, Ralphs provided more than $12 million in cash and in-kinddonations to organizations focused on women's and children's health, K-12education, the fight against hunger, celebrating multiculturalism and disasterrelief.

About Ralphs Grocery Company

Ralphs Grocery Company was founded in 1873 and currently operates 264supermarkets in Southern California. Ralphs is a division of The Kroger Co.,(NYSE: KR), one of the nation's largest grocery retailers, headquartered inCincinnati, Ohio. For more information, visit our website athttp://www.ralphs.com.

About California Hospital Medical Center

California Hospital Medical Center, a 316-bed non-profit hospital, hasbeen serving downtown Los Angeles and its surrounding communities since 1887.Maternity care, neonatal intensive care, oncology, orthopedics as well astrauma and emergency care are just a few of the services that CHMC offers.CHMC is a member of Catholic Healthcare West, the eighth largest hospitalsystem in the nation and the largest hospital provider in California. For moreinformation on CHMC, visit http://www.chmcla.org.

SOURCE Ralphs Grocery Company
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