Kohl’s to donate $500,000 to Children’s Minnesota toward addressing asthma in kids
MINNEAPOLIS – (October 24, 2017) – In the Twin Cities, 14.3 percent of children have been diagnosed with asthma, creating ongoing health challenges for many youth. Kohl’s donation of $500,000 over the next two years has been awarded to Children’s Minnesota to help kids better control their asthma and provide supportive resources to area schools.
Asthma is a leading cause of school absenteeism, which significantly disrupts learning. Improved asthma control allows students to spend more time in the classroom learning and less time out of school dealing with unexpected asthma episodes.
Children’s Minnesota will partner with the Minneapolis and Saint Paul Public School Districts, and several public charter schools to enhance asthma management in school-aged children (Kindergarten – 8th grade). The program will amplify capacity for asthma care in schools, promote asthma readiness among students, families and schools and improve access to clinical resources in schools and primary care for children.
“Thanks to the generosity of Kohl’s, local students with asthma will be better able to focus on the vital work of being a kid – active learning in school, participating in sports and enjoying activities with friends, rather than worrying about asthma management or flare-ups,” said Dr. Gigi Chawla, Chief of General Pediatrics at Children’s Minnesota. “Children’s Minnesota looks forward to supporting the great work of school health professionals to help all kids in our community be healthy and successful.”
Since 2001, Kohl’s has donated nearly $7 million to Children’s Minnesota. Other Children’s Minnesota initiatives supported through Kohl’s Cares® include school and community influenza vaccine clinics, flu prevention education and outreach efforts in local schools, and Children’s pediatric mobile simulation lab.
Kohl’s commitment to Children’s Minnesota is made possible through the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl’s sells $5 books and soft toys, where 100 percent of net profit benefits children’s health initiatives nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. Kohl’s has raised more than $317 million through this merchandise program. For more information, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares.
About Children’s Minnesota
Children’s Minnesota is the seventh largest pediatric health system in the United States and the only health system in Minnesota to provide care exclusively to children, from before birth through young adulthood. An independent and not-for-profit system since 1924, Children’s serves kids throughout the Upper Midwest at two free-standing hospitals, 12 primary and specialty care clinics and six rehabilitation sites. Additionally, Children’s is Minnesota’s only Level I pediatric trauma center inside a hospital dedicated solely to children. Children’s maintains its longstanding commitment to the community to improve children’s health by providing high-quality, family-centered pediatric services and advancing those efforts through research and education. This work is made possible in large part by generous philanthropic and volunteer support from individuals and organizations throughout the state and region. An award-winning health system, Children’s is regularly ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top children’s hospital. Please visit childrensMN.org.
Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading omnichannel retailer with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, Kohl’s offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and an easy shopping experience in our stores, online at Kohls.com and on Kohl’s mobile app. Throughout its history, Kohl’s has given nearly $600 million to support communities nationwide. For a list of store locations or to shop online, visit Kohls.com. For more information about Kohl’s impact in the community and how to join our winning team, visit Corporate.Kohls.com.
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