September 6, 2005
BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHOPPING ALLOWS CONSUMERS TO ASSIST
IN HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORTS
Donate gently used clothes and shoes at any Kohl's store to benefit
victims of Hurricane Katrina: Receive 15 percent off your next Kohl's
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., September 6, 2005 Just by making room
in their closets for back-to-school and fall styles, consumers across
the country can assist in relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane
Katrina. From September 11-14, Kohl's stores nationwide will collect
gently used clothes and shoes for Kids in Distressed Situations
(K.I.D.S.), a national charity that delivers apparel items to disadvantaged
children and their families. Clothing contributions will be used
to assist in hurricane relief efforts.
Kohl's and K.I.D.S. have redirected the planned "Kohl's Clothes
for Kids" event and now, all clothing donations will be directed
towards hurricane relief. The four-day charity event, featuring
collections at every Kohl's store in communities across the country,
is an extension of an existing partnership between Kohl's and K.I.D.S.
As an added incentive, every donor will receive a coupon worth an
additional 15 percent off their next purchase at Kohl's through
Kohl's partnership with K.I.D.S. has resulted in numerous donations
benefiting children and families across the country. Over the last
three years, Kohl's has donated more than 2.6 million dollars worth
of clothing to the organization.
"Our partnership with Kids in Distressed Situations is one
more way Kohl's helps improve the lives of children in the communities
we serve," said Julie Gardner, Kohl's senior vice president
of marketing. "Our hearts go out to all the victims of this
disaster, and we are pleased to partner with Kids in Distressed
Situations to provide relief for children and families affected
by this terrible storm. The need for assistance for Hurricane Katrina
victims is tremendous, and we encourage Kohl's shoppers to participate
in this event."
Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. (K.I.D.S.) is a national charity
of leading retailers, manufacturers and licensors of children's
products, in partnership with major foundations, committed to helping
children in need. K.I.D.S. encourages and facilitates donations
of new apparel, shoes, toys, juvenile products, and other items
that benefit children who are ill, living in poverty, or the victims
of natural disasters. Since its founding in 1985, K.I.D.S has donated
more than $400 million worth of merchandise to children in need.
For the past 20 years, two to four million children have benefited
from K.I.D.S. programs each year.
"Although it is too early to know the full extent of the damage,
Katrina's legacy will be felt for many years by the most vulnerable
in this disaster, the children," said K.I.D.S. President, Dr.
Janice Weinman. "Through the generosity of Kohl's and its customers,
these contributions can make a critical difference."
Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. is a national charity of leading
retailers, manufacturers and licensors of children's products, in
partnership with major foundations, committed to helping children
in need. K.I.D.S. encourages and facilitates donations of new apparel,
shoes, toys, juvenile products, and other items that benefit children
who are ill, living in poverty, or the victims of natural disasters.
In addition to the Kohl's Clothes for K.I.D.S. event, Kohl's commitment
to children is driven by the Kohl's Cares for Kids® program,
which supports health and educational opportunities for children
in the communities it serves. Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl's
is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering
moderately priced national, exclusive and private brand apparel,
shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping
environment. Kohl's operates 674 stores in 40 states. For a list
of store locations and information, or for the added convenience
of shopping online, visit Kohl's Website at Kohls.com.
Vicki Shamion, Director of Public Relations, (262) 703-1464
Lori Sansoucie, Public Relations Manager, (262) 703-6752
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