Daily Court Reporter - News Big Lots launches spring campaign benefiting Nationwide Children's
Big Lots launches spring campaign benefiting Nationwide Children's
KEITH ARNOLD, Daily Reporter Staff Writer
Columbus-based Big Lots has announced the launch of its spring point-of-sale campaign, "Serve Families. Give Big." to benefit Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Through April 21, Big Lots customers can donate $1, $2, $5 or more at checkout with 100 percent of the money raised supporting research and care at the hospital.
"Our relationship with Nationwide Children's Hospital and the life-saving work they do every day is grounded in our dedication to kids everywhere and their physical, mental and emotional health," said Tim Johnson, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and CFO of Big Lots. "In just four short years, our customers and our stores teams have raised over $17 million dollars, and we look forward to another successful campaign to support our partners at Nationwide Children's."
Last fall, Big Lots completed its sixth point-of-sale fundraising campaign on behalf of the hospital in all 1,416 Big Lots stores, with more than 35,000 associates helping collect in excess of $3.2 million in customer donations, a press release detailed.
In 2016, Big Lots and the Big Lots Foundation joined Nationwide Children's to address childhood behavioral health and mental illness when they announced a $50 million transformational gift to the hospital to construct the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Scheduled to open in early 2020, the pavilion will be a freestanding facility fully dedicated to children and adolescents with behavioral health conditions, the press release outlined. It will be the largest behavioral health treatment and research center dedicated to children and adolescents on a pediatric medical campus in the country.
"On behalf of the patients, families and staff at Nationwide Children's Hospital, we express our sincere gratitude to Big Lots, the Big Lots Foundation and their many associates who rally to support our vision of creating best outcomes for children everywhere," said Steve Testa, president of Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation. "Our hope is that the work our incredible staff of clinicians and scientists are doing in the behavioral health space will impact children throughout the country."
Additionally, for the past two years, the Big Lots Foundation has supported the hospital's Butterfly Run, a family fitness event that takes place at various locations throughout the country. The goal of the Butterfly Run is to grow awareness, break stigmas and raise funds for lifesaving pediatric behavioral health research and care.
Date Published: April 18, 2019