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Kohl's Cares donates more than $8,000 to Phoebe Network of Trust

ALBANY — Kohl’s Department Stores, through the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program, recently donated $8,051 to the Phoebe Network of Trust school health program in Albany.

The donations were collected from Kohl’s stores located in the area, and makes for a total of $29,196 that Kohl’s has given to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital since 2011, officials at the hospital say.

Officials say this year’s grant will support the Kohl’s Cares Middle School Health Program, which provides health screenings and information to eighth-graders in Dougherty and Lee counties.

“Kohl’s has been a dedicated supporter of children’s health across the country. We are very fortunate to have such a great partner here in Albany,” said Angie Barber, director of the Network of Trust school health program. “Along with the donations which allow us to continue hosting important health fair events for eighth-grade students, Kohl’s associates also volunteer on a regular basis to make our events a success.”

Through the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program, Kohl’s sells $5 books and plush toys with 100 percent of net profit benefiting children’s health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships.

Officials say Kohl’s has raised more than $231 million through this merchandise program. In addition to the merchandise program, Kohl’s Cares features the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program, which last year recognized more than 2,300 young volunteers with roughly $400,000 in scholarships and prizes. Through Kohl’s Associates in Action volunteer program, more than 669,000 associates have donated about 2.2 million hours of their time since 2001, and Kohl’s has donated more than $63 million to youth-focused nonprofit organizations.

The Network of Trust Health Program is a department of the hospital. It functions as an interactive outreach program that brings together various community entities to promote the health and welfare of children.