Boxed.com Supports Homeless Women this Giving Tuesday


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Boxed.com, will spend Giving Tuesday delivering essentials to eight women’s shelters in the New York City area and twelve additional shelters around the country. The online wholesale shopping club with no membership fees and iGive.com partner, is teaming up with Unilever and WIN (formerly Women in Need). These donations help meet the number one urgent need for shelters- toiletries.

 

For more information on Boxed’s Pink Tax Initiative, visit boxed.com/rethinkpink and follow along on social with #RethinkPink. For more information on Boxed, please visit boxed.com and follow Boxed on Twitter @BoxedWholesale.

About Boxed Wholesale:
Founded in 2013, Boxed has taken the best elements of the wholesale shopping experience and folded it into one innovative, cutting edge mobile app that allows consumers direct-to-their-door access to all of their favorite warehouse club products, without membership fees. Boxed brings convenience and savings to on-the-go consumers who don’t have the time, means or patience to shop at a brick and mortar big box club. The brand’s innovative discovery-based design recreates the fun of the treasure hunt experience with a curated selection of everyday essentials that consumers love including household staples, health and beauty supplies, office pantry items, groceries and a wide variety of organic and green products. Purchases made at Boxed.com through iGive will also result in a donation to the shoppers favorite cause.

Bon-Ton Stores STOMPs Out Bullying With $116,000 Donation

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Bon-Ton Stores succeeded in raising over $116,000 to prevent bullying and
cyberbullying through the sale of the 2016 limited edition Kind = Awesome “Blue Shirts” and a $3 coupon donation. Since the program began in 2012, with the
help of its customers, Bon-Ton has donated over $540,000 towards bullying prevention and helped raise awareness to millions of people.

Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention™ was observed on Monday, October 3rd. The day marks a time for children, teens, families, schools and communities to join together to drive awareness about bullying prevention programs around the world. The “Blue Shirt” was sold exclusively in Bon-Ton. The Blue Shirt has become a symbol for
promoting friendship, compassion and kindness. 100% of the net profits from the t-shirt sales are donated to STOMP Out Bullying™.

About STOMP Out Bullying™
STOMP Out Bullying™ is the leading national bullying and cyberbullying prevention organization for kids and teens and is recognized as the most influential anti-bullying organization in the U.S. Created in 2005, STOMP Out Bullying™ focuses on reducing and preventing bullying, cyberbullying and other digital abuse, educating against homophobia, racism and hatred, decreasing school absenteeism, and deterring
violence in schools. It teaches effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying, as well as educates kids and teens in school and online, providing help for those in need and at risk of suicide; raises awareness; supports peer mentoring programs in schools; provides public service announcements by noted celebrities, and engages in social media campaigns. To learn more, visit us at www.stompoutbullying.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.
About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 267 stores, which includes 9 furniture galleries and five clearance centers, in 26 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates. The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves.
For store locations and information visit bonton.com. Shoppers who purchase items through iGive.com will earn donations for their cause with their purchases. Join the conversation and be inspired by following Bon-Ton on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and the fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog, #LoveStyle or with iGive at #iShopiGive.

BJ’s and Boston Children’s Hospital reach half-way point to Blood Donor Challenge

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BJ’s Wholesale Club is helping Boston Children’s Hospital’s (BCH) increase its registered donor base of blood donors by 5,000 through the end of this year.  Since March, more than 2,500 Massachusetts residents have registered as a blood donor through Boston Children’s Hospital – Bloodmobile drives, including stops at BJ’s Wholesale Club locations.

“Registering as a blood donor is an easy way to make a difference in the lives of children and families,” said Bob Eddy, chief financial officer of BJ’s Wholesale Club. “We thank every new registered donor and look forward to reaching our goal by the end of 2016.”

Across the United States more than 41,000 blood donations are used every day – that’s 1.23 million donations per month.  Locally, patients at BCH are in need of 24,000 blood transfusions each year, but that is more than three times the number of blood donations the Boston Children’s Hospital – Bloodmobile receives over the same period.
To help, local BJ’s locations will continue to host the Boston Children’s Hospital – Bloodmobile throughout the year.

In April 2014, BJ’s Charitable Foundation continued its ongoing support of BCH by donating $250,000 to support the Bloodmobile, which includes the following features:

  • A high-tech blood center in a 40-foot custom coach with all of the equipment available at the hospital-based blood center.
  • Outfitted with five-beds.
  • Ability for technicians to collect different blood components, such as red cells and platelets, for many different patient needs.
  • Donor screening, donating and post donation taking only 30 minutes.

To register or find a local blood drive, visit https://www.halfpints.childrenshospital.org.

About BJ’s Wholesale Club
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ’s is the leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 214 clubs and 130 BJ’s Gas® locations in 15 states. Online shoppers who wish to make a donation with their online shopping through BJ’s should visit www.igive.com.

BJ’s provides a one-stop shopping destination filled with top-quality, leading brands, including its exclusive Wellsley Farms and Berkley Jensen brands, along with USDA Choice meats, premium produce and delicious organics,  many in supermarket sizes. BJ’s is also the only major membership warehouse club to accept all manufacturers’ coupons and, for greater convenience, offers the most payment options.

Visit www.BJs.com, and for exclusive content find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

BJ’s is wholly owned by affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners, CVC Capital Partners and its management team.

About Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston Children’s Hospital is home to the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries have benefited both children and adults since 1869. More than 1,100 scientists, including seven members of the National Academy of Sciences, 11 members of the Institute of Medicine and 10 members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute comprise Boston Children’s research community. Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children, Boston Children’s today is a 404-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care. Boston Children’s is also the pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. For more, visit our Vector and Thriving blogs and follow us on our social media channels: @BostonChildrens, @BCH_Innovation, Facebook and YouTube.

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HanesBrands Provides Clothes for Flood Victims

HanesBrands Gives to Flooding Victims

HanesBrands is providing more than 23000 items of clothing to Louisiana residents impacted by the devastating flooding. The company is partnering with Fashion Delivers to distribute three trailer load of first-quality product.

Fashion Delivers is a New York based charity that that unites retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to support people affected by poverty and tragedy. This donation, By HanesBrands includes: T-shirts, socks, bras, underwear and other apparel.

We have all seen the devastation the Louisiana floods have caused on so many levels – especially to the lives of the thousands of people directly affected, “HanesBrands is happy to provide this assistance and hope that it can provide some real help in this time of need,” said Chris Fox, HanesBrands vice president for corporate social responsibility.

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HanesBrands is a socially responsible leading marketer of everyday basic innerwear and activewear apparel in the Americas, Europe, Australia and Asia under some of the world’s strongest apparel brands, including Hanes, Champion, Playtex, DIM, Bali, Maidenform, Bonds,JMS/Just My Size, L’eggs, Wonderbra, Nur Die/Nur Der, Lovable, Berlei, and Gear for Sports. The company sells T-shirts, bras, panties, shapewear, underwear, socks, hosiery, and activewear produced in the company’s low-cost global supply chain. Hanes takes pride in its strong reputation for ethical business practices, community philanthropy and environmentalism. More information about the company and its corporate social responsibility initiatives, including environmental, social compliance and community improvement achievements, may be found at www.Hanes.com/corporate. HanesBrands is a proud partner with iGive.com to enable shoppers to give back to their favorite cause with their online Hanes.com purchases.

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc.

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc. is the charity of choice for new product donations made by hundreds of companies in the fashion, home and children’s industries. Founded 30 years ago, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that unites retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to support people affected by poverty and tragedy. Since 1985, over $1.2 billion of donated products have been distributed worldwide.

Project L.I.F.T. Helps Cancer Survivors With Weight Gain

Weight Watchers, an iGive.com partner, and American Cancer Society team-up fo Project LIFT

For those living and surviving breast cancer, weight gain can be an unexpected consequence following treatment. Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW) launched Project L.I.F.T. – Live Inspired, Fight Together – a new movement, in collaboration with the American Cancer Society. The program is designed to help those survivors with advice and support.

One study reviewed by the Weight Watchers team showed that breast cancer survivors are twice as likely to gain 11 pounds or more within 5 years of treatment as compared to their cancer-free peers.

“There are more than 3.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the U.S. alone with a history of invasive breast cancer.1 Through this program we’ve developed with the American Cancer Society, we will uniquely support these survivors and guide them on the road to achieving their best holistic health post-treatment,” said Stacey Mowbray, President of Americas at Weight Watchers International, Inc. “We believe the Weight Watchers culture of extraordinary encouragement combined with the resources to inspire and guide healthier choices can really make a difference for survivors.”

This fall, through Project L.I.F.T., Weight Watchers, in collaboration with the American Cancer Society, will deliver:

  • Content For Survivors:
    • Weight Watchers Project L.I.F.T. Online Content: Available to both Weight Watchers Members and non-members and in collaboration with the American Cancer Society, Weight Watchers will provide free information on its WW Living site designed for breast cancer survivors. This content will help women understand why they might have gained weight, how losing a modest amount of weight can provide many health benefits, and how they can work to lose the weight through information and support within the community.
    • Weight Watchers Magazine: To celebrate survivors during National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, Weight Watchers is featuring three breast cancer survivors who are also Weight Watchers Members in the September/October issue of Weight Watchers magazine, on newsstands August 16.
    • American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® Events: Every three-to five-mile Making Strides walk, occurring during the month of October, is a powerful and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about steps to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer or find it early, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society save lives from breast cancer. Weight Watchers Members, staff, family, and friends across the country can join and support the Weight Watchers team at Making Strides events nationwide, joining walks in their local communities under the Weight Watchers banner. To find and sign up for a local Weight Watchers walk, please visit MakingStridesWalk.org/weightwatchers.
    • Wear WW Proud: Weight Watchers has designed a special T-shirt, which Weight Watchers team members can wear during the walks. Beginning in mid-September, shirts will be available online for purchase at http://shop.weightwatchers.com/ with profits benefitting the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives from breast cancer.
    • On-The-Ground Activations: Weight Watchers will have an on-the-ground sponsorship presence in 11 local walk events with Weight Watchers photo booths for walk participants to capture and share the moment.
    • October Limited Edition Products: Beginning in mid-September and throughout the month of October, Weight Watchers will sell a limited edition water bottle and journal in its meeting rooms and in its online shop at http://shop.weightwatchers.com with profits benefitting the American Cancer Society’s efforts to help save lives from breast cancer.
    • Breast Cancer Survivor Talks: Weight Watchers will open its doors to members and non-members throughout October in 11 select markets nationwide, inviting all who are interested to participate in an open discussion to share their stories, encourage each other and learn together.

To join Weight Watchers through iGive.com and support your favorite cause use this link. To support the American Cancer Society through your online purchases with iGive join here.

 

Kmart and March of Dimes Help Prevent Zika

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Kmart is donating $250,000 to support the March of Dimes’ Zika advocacy and education campaign.

#ZAPika focuses on up-to-the-minute education on Zika in both English and Spanish.

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Kmart has been the top corporate sponsor for the March of Dimes for 33 years. The Zika contribution is just a small portion of the more than $140 million raised by Kmart since 1983.

 

“Kmart is the gold standard for corporate philanthropy,” says Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. “For 33 years Kmart, their associates and customers, have helped give every baby a fighting chance and now they are leading the fight against the Zika virus.”

As part of the campaign, March of Dimes issued the top 5 tips for Zika Prevention (#ZAPzika):

  1. Use spray, keep mosquitoes away: make sure it’s EPA registered.
  2. Say you will, embrace the chill: use air conditioning and window screens if possible.
  3. If it’s wet, it’s a threat: remove still water.
  4. Get protected, not infected: wear clothes to prevent bites. Use a condom to prevent sexual transmission.
  5. If you suspect, then connect: call your health care provider if you are at risk of infection.

The English website is www.marchofdimes.org/zika and Spanish website is www.nacersano.org/zika. Or, you can ask a question in both languages at www.marchofdimes.org/ask-us.aspx.

About Kmart
Kmart is making shopping fun again. The retailer, a subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is bringing back the iconic Bluelight Specials, hosting Freebie Saturdays and in-store family events for its Shop Your Way members and customers. Kmart offers customers thrilling deals and amazing finds on quality products and exclusive brands including Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense. Kmart shoppers who use iGive.com can donate to their favorite cause with every online purchase.

About the March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit our shareyourstory.org community to find comfort and support. For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit persistats.org. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

The North Face Connects People to the Outdoors

iGive.com partner, The North Face Connects People to the Outdoors

Each year The North Face awards grants to nonprofit organizations that encourage participants to experience the outdoors. 2016 is the National Park Service Centennial, so special consideration was given to groups that run programs in national parks and federally managed lands.

“We are thankful for The North Face’s support of our shared goal of preparing the next generation of outdoor stewards and enthusiasts,” said Sally Jewell, Secretary for the U.S. Department of the Interior. “For three years now, they have partnered with the Department of the Interior and invested in our efforts to provide more opportunities for young people to play, learn, serve and work outdoors.”

Organizations from this year’s 2016 Explore Fund grantees include:

  • Mountain Park Environmental Center (MPEC): MPEC, in partnership with the Pueblo Rape Crisis Services, manages a three part outdoor adventure series for female survivors of sexual violence. The program aims to use nature as a source of strength and healing, to encourage positive self-esteem, feelings of community, connectedness and a new sense of empowerment.
  • Paradox SportsParadox Sports works to identify, foster and grow communities of adaptive climbing and mountaineering athletes across the country. The grant from The North Face will specifically support the organization’s Yosemite National Park Experience, which brings veterans, as well as non-veterans with disabilities, together for a week of climbing in the national park. Funding will also support the Joshua Tree National Park Experience, which is a first of its kind program that teaches adaptive climbers the technical skills they need to increase their independence as climbers.
  • Sacred RokSacred Rok leads day and overnight trips in Yosemite for low income, incarcerated, and foster youth ages 7 – 21. Participants spend time nature camping, hiking, rock climbing, learning trail building basics, and environmental stewardship principals. These trips help youth feel comfortable in nature in addition to building self-confidence and inspiring respect for the environment.
  • City Kids Wilderness Project: City Kids is focused on addressing the lack of participation, access and connection to the outdoors for under-resourced youth in Washington, D.C, and translating outdoor and adventure experiences into long-term success. The program provides after school, weekend and summer outdoor adventure programming, including backpacking, canoeing, and backcountry hiking, as well as job training and college preparation programming.

Projected impact, clarity of the proposal and alignment to the spirit of adventure and exploration were among the key factors considered in the Explore Fund awards.

The North Face includes giving back as a major part of its corporate mission. In addition to the Explore Fund, which has since provided more than $2.2 million in grants to organizations committed to inspiring people to explore the outdoors and care for the environment shoppers can utilize iGive.com to shop The North Face and give back to their favorite causes.

About The North Face®
The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1966 with the goal of preparing outdoor athletes for the rigors of their next adventure. Today we are the world’s leading outdoor brand, creating athlete-tested, expedition-proven products that help people explore and test the limits of human potential. We protect our outdoor playgrounds and minimize our impact on the planet through programs that encourage sustainability. The North Face products are available at premium and specialty retail sporting goods stores globally and we are headquartered in California on a LEED Platinum-certified campus. For more information, please visit www.thenorthface.com.

About the National Park Foundation
The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. In 2016, commemorating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, the Foundation launched The Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, a $350 million comprehensive fundraising campaign to strengthen and enhance the future of these national treasures for the next hundred years. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org

Target Honors Two Employees and All Others Lost in Orlando Shooting

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Mercedez Flores and Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, Target team members, died during the shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub.  Target Corporation donated $250,000 to the OneOrlando Fund in their memory. The OneOrlando Fund, established by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, will go to nonprofit organizations serving victims, their families and the community.  The Hispanic community was particularly impacted by this tragedy.

In addition to the donation,Target teams across the country observed a moment of silence in honor of all of the victims. Teams in Orlando donated food and water to first responders, as well as those waiting in line to give blood to help survivors. Target also offered space outside a nearby store to serve as a command center for law enforcement.

“I want to personally thank the local Target team in Orlando for pulling together during an incredibly difficult and emotional time to do everything they can to help the community. On behalf of everyone at Target, I offer my deepest condolences to the families and friends of those lost during Sunday’s tragedy and am honored to make this donation to help all those affected” said Brian Cornell, chief executive officer, Target.

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,792 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. Shoppers who wish to support their favorite cause through their online shopping with Target can join iGive.com at no additional cost to themselves or their cause.

THE RACE IS ON FOR 147 CHARITIES COMPETING IN THE ART VAN CHARITY CHALLENGE

Art Van Charity Challenge offers Nonprofit organizations across the Midwest the chance to compete to win up to $100,000

2016 Art Van Charity Challenge

Cindy Crawford, Charity Challenge Ambassador

For the 8th consecutive year, the Art Van Charity Challenge is making a major impact on communities throughout the Midwest. Kicking off on Wednesday, May 18, 147 nonprofits large and small will compete for grants up to $100,000. Over the course of just five weeks, participating charities will rally to raise $3 million.
Since 2008, Art Van Furniture has donated $8 million and raised $22 million for more than 350 charities through the Art Van Charity Challenge. This year promises to be record breaking! Here’s how it works:

  • The goal of the 2016 Art Van Charity Challenge is to raise $3 million in five weeks, from Wednesday, May 18, through Wednesday, June 22
  • 147 participating charities located across the Midwest will compete to raise the most money. These charities are focused on children, health care and human services
  • The 10 nonprofit organizations to raise the most money will share $225,000 in prize grants from Art Van Furniture, ranging in size from $1,500 up to $100,000
  • The Midwest’s number one furniture and mattress retailer will donate $79,000 in bonus grants, which will be awarded to winning charities in special competitions throughout the program
  • Total Art Van Furniture donations amount to $304,000

“We all play a role in helping each other,” said Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman of Art Van Furniture. “The Art Van Charity Challenge has been successful because people understand this. I think this year will be the best yet!”

Southwest Airlines Will Contribute More Than $3.2 Million In Complimentary Travel For Patients To Receive Medical Care And Family Support Through Medical Transportation Grant Program

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Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced today that 73 nonprofit hospitals and medical organizations from across the nation will benefit from the Southwest Airlines® 2016 Medical Transportation Grant Program, with the total impact reaching 97 facilities. Through the program, participating nonprofit hospitals and medical programs provide complimentary, roundtrip air travel to families who need to travel for specialized medical care to lessen the financial burden of serious illness.

“Southwest Airlines has a nearly 45-year tradition of treating our Employees and Customers like family.  Families support each other during both good and challenging times, and we’re honored to be able to serve our communities during a time of great need,” said Linda Rutherford, Southwest Airlines Vice President and Chief Communications Officer. “The opportunity to connect someone to the things that are most important in their life drives us to find a network of hospitals and organizations that support this mission and provide the best possible treatment to their patients.”

Since the Southwest Airlines Medical Transportation Grant Program’s inception in 2007, more than $19.6 million in free transportation has been distributed to organizations in 26 states. “I knew this was one of those situations where I needed to be home, no matter the cost,” shares Sarah Zawatski, a caregiver to her mother who received treatment at Banner University Medical Center Phoenix. “With this generous gift, I was able to fly out and not give too much care to the cost of the airline ticket. My care and attention needed to be focused on my mom.”

In 2016, Southwest will provide more than $3.2 million in free transportation to caregivers and patients seeking medical treatment. Participating hospitals include:

Angel Flight Central, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Banner University Medical Center Phoenix Transplant Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Cedars-Sinai, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation, Children’s Hospital Corporation, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Children’s Hospital of Alabama, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh  Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Inc., Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Children’s Mercy, Children’s National Hospital, Cook Children’s, Craig Hospital Foundation, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Dell Children’s Hospital, Emory Healthcare, Froedtert Hospital Foundation Inc., Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation, Long Island Jewish Health System , Loyola University Health Systems, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, Massachusetts General Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Mercy Medical Angels, Mercy Medical Center, Miracle Flights for Kids, National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction for NYU Langone Medical Center, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Patient Airlift Services, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Piedmont Healthcare Foundation, Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center, a Division of Duke University Health System, Inc., Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation – San Diego, Riley Children’s Hospital-IU Health, Rush University Medical Center, Scripps Health, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Shepherd Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children, SSM St. Mary’s Health Center Foundation, St. Joseph’s Foundation and Barrow Neurological Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation, St. Luke’s Foundation, Stanford Health Care, Tampa General Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, The Johns Hopkins Hospital & Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital, The Nemours Foundation, Children’s Hospital, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, UCLA Medical Center, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, University Medical Center Tucson, formerly University of Arizona Medical Center, University Medical Center, Lubbock/University Medical Center Foundation, University of Chicago Medicine, University of Illinois Hospital & Health Science Systems, University of Minnesota Medical Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Visit the NUTS About Southwest blog and www.southwest.com/medicalgrant to learn more about the positive impact of the Medical Transportation Grant Program. To learn about qualifications for travel assistance through the designated organizations, please contact the Social Work, Travel/Concierge Service, or Patient Assistance Department directly at the hospitals and medical organizations listed above, as each has unique guidelines for the administration of tickets.

ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.  

In its 45th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 49,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually.  Southwest proudly operates a network of 97 destinations across the United States and seven additional countries with more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season. Service to Long Beach, California, our 98th city, will begin June 5, 2016.

Based on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s most recent data, Southwest Airlines is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded. The Company operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world, the majority of which are equipped with satellite-based WiFi providing gate-to-gate connectivity.  That connectivity enables Customers to use their personal devices to view video on-demand movies and television shows, as well as more than 20 channels of free, live TV compliments of our valued Partners. Southwest created Transfarency℠, a philosophy which treats Customers honestly and fairly, and in which low fares actually stay low. Southwest is the only major U.S. airline to offer bags fly free®  to everyone (first and second checked pieces of luggage, size and weight limits apply, some airlines may allow free checked bags on select routes or for qualified circumstances), and there are no change fees, though fare differences might apply. In 2014, the airline proudly unveiled a bold new look:  Heart.  The new aircraft livery, airport experience, and logo, showcase the dedication of Southwest Employees to connect Customers with what’s important in their lives.

From its first flights on June 18, 1971, Southwest Airlines launched an era of unprecedented affordability in air travel described by the U.S. Department of Transportation as “The Southwest Effect,” a lowering of fares and increase in passenger traffic whenever the carrier enters new markets.  With 43 consecutive years of profitability, Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for a triple bottom line approach that contributes to the carrier’s performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities they serve, and an overall commitment to efficiency and the planet. The 2014 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at SouthwestOneReport.com.