St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® And More Than 70 Leading National Brands Kick Off The Season Of Giving With Annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving® Campaign

Kmart, Best Buy, ANN INC., Kay® Jewelers, Domino’s, Williams-Sonoma, Inc., HomeGoods and Others Unite To Help End Childhood Cancer

Now in its twelfth year, the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign has transformed the holiday season into a time of giving thanks by raising awareness and funds for the ongoing battle to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The campaign unites celebrities, media, retail and corporate partners in asking consumers to donate while they shop and support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.st-jude-childrens-hospital-logo-beauty-and-the-beat-blog

Founded by the late actor/entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE-designated COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and they won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

What began as a holiday-focused fundraising effort by St. Jude has now grown into an annual tradition that has raised more than $588 million. These funds support St. Jude’s mission to provide cutting-edge treatment and pursue visionary research.

Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, helps kick off St. Jude Thanks and Giving, an annual campaign that has transformed the holiday season into a time of giving thanks by raising awareness and funds for the ongoing battle to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. (PRNewsFoto/St. Jude Children's Research...)

Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, helps kick off St. Jude Thanks and Giving, an annual campaign that has transformed the holiday season into a time of giving thanks by raising awareness and funds for the ongoing battle to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. (PRNewsFoto/St. Jude Children’s Research…)

We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support we receive year after year during the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign,” said Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.Throughout the holiday season people open their hearts to the children of St. Jude and as a result, our doctors and scientists can continue their groundbreaking research and pioneering procedures that help us achieve our landmark survival rates. And, we are able to continue to ensure that no family pays St. Jude for anything – not for treatment, travel, housing or food – because we believe all a family should worry about is helping their child live.stjude-thanksandgiving

Beginning in November and running through the end of December, consumers can support St. Jude while they shop at a variety of businesses representing a cross-section of premier brands in retail, restaurant, travel, hospitality, media and beyond. Top returning campaign partners include Kmart, Best Buy, ANN INC., Kay® Jewelers, Domino’s, Williams-Sonoma, Inc.; HomeGoods, New York & Company, AutoZone, Brooks Brothers, GNC, Dollar General, Claire’s, Carnival Cruise Line, Justice, HSN, Marshalls, Chili’s® Grill & Bar; and Mazda, to name a few.

Kmart’s long history of success in supporting charitable causes is due to the generosity of our Shop Your Way members, customers and associates. We’re proud of the impact our results have made for the families of St. Jude and thankful to St. Jude for its tireless work to defeat cancer and other diseases in children. St. Jude made holiday shopping at Kmart more rewarding and we’re excited to support an organization that clearly means so much to our members,” said Alasdair James, President and Chief Member Officer at Kmart.4f7a2d08-09d7-45ed-a3d3-8274f86d93d6

This year, St. Jude partners are expanding and supporting the campaign in a variety of ways – from in-store fundraising to unique cross-promotions, events and online/mobile features.

It is Best Buy’s privilege to partner in the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign, by making it convenient for our customers to give back while shopping in stores and online during the holidays,” said Sharon McCollam, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Best Buy. “By adding options to give through our credit card signature pads last year, we made it easier for customers to contribute during the checkout process. As a result of their generosity, we were able to contribute $9.7 million last year, and hope to do even more this year to support the children and families served by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

OTHER PARTNER HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

Several partners are offering merchandise products during the holidays to benefit St. Jude including

Ann Taylor, Brooks Brothers, HomeGoods, HSN, Kmart, New York & Company, The Limited, TUMI, Westfield, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. and their portfolio of brands; to name a few.

Kay® Jewelers will once again offer its popular plush animals benefitting St. Jude, this year featuring Travis and Trey.

AutoZone, returning for its 10th year as a St. Jude Thanks and Giving partner, will continue to ask consumers to donate at checkout via the credit pad.

Customers will be able to donate through a fully integrated online shopping cart at Best Buy, Ann Taylor, LOFT, Claire’s and ICING. In addition, customers will now be able to donate via the pin pad at the register at GameStop, The Limited, Crazy8 and Janie and Jack locations nationwide.

eBay is giving its customers the opportunity to give at checkout during the week of December 7. During this time, customers can also bid on celebrity items that will benefit St. Jude.

Domino’s will ask consumers to donate to St. Jude via walk-up, telephone, online and mobile orders, as well as the opportunity to purchase a St. Jude Meal Deal during the campaign timeframe. For each Meal Deal purchased, Domino’s will donate $1 to St. Jude.

Stage Stores and St. Jude will be featured on the Balancing Act on Lifetime TV this holiday season.

Party City has joined the campaign this year and customers can make a donation at nearly 600 stores nationwide or donate online during checkout. Continue reading

Sears®, Kmart® to Open on Thanksgiving Day, Stay Open All Night, Feature More For Shop Your Way? Members

Black Friday deals to be available Online, In-Store, Mobile

Sears (www.sears.com) and Kmart stores (www.kmart.com) will open on Thanksgiving Day* for Shop Your Way members and customers who want to get an early start on their holiday shopping. Members and customers can shop Black Friday deals from Kmart for 41 hours straight, starting at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day to 11 p.m. on Black Friday. Sears stores will open doors starting at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day through 10 p.m. on Black Friday, with more than 1,000 doorbusters available until 1 p.m. Friday afternoon.

In addition to extended holiday sales and shopping hours, Shop Your Way is helping its members get the best out of Black Friday with seamless ways to shop online at www.Sears.com and www.Kmart.com – whether buying gifts online and kmart-logohaving them available for free pickup by family or friends at any Sears or Kmart store; choosing Free Store Pickup; or shopping anywhere, anytime via the Shop Your Way, Sears or Kmart mobile apps.

Sears and Kmart are delivering holiday in a better way – that means more convenience, integrated retail shopping options and better deals. For example, if a members or customer can’t find a product in-store at Sears or Kmart, they can order it in-store and have it shipped to their home for free.

“Sears and Kmart have been leaders in integrated retail, delivering convenient options to create a more rewarding shopping experience for our members, while blurring the boundaries between offline and online shopping,” said Leena Munjal, senior vice president customer experience and integrated retail, Sears Holdings.Our Shop Your Way members have the option to shop anytime, anywhere and anyway they want – especially during the busiest shopping weekend of the year.”

Plus, Kmart’s latest smart budgeting solution for the holidays – lease-to-own through Whynot Leasing, LLC – is available nationwide starting Nov. 22. The program gives customers a no- credit-required way to take home products they need or want, right away – including doorbuster items. Also, Sears signature holiday offer will be among the best ever offered to Sears cardholders – Shop Your Way members will earn 10 percent back in reward points on all purchases made with a Sears credit card or 3 percent back in reward points when using any other form of payment. The signature offer begins Nov. 3 and continues through Dec. 26 on the first $1,000 of each qualifying purchase at participating Sears locations and Printat Sears.com. Reward points expire Jan. 31, 2014.

Shop Your Way members can not only get a preview of Thanksgiving and Black Friday deals at www.searslocalad.com or www.kmartlocalad.com. Shop Your Way, a free members-only program and shopping community powered by Sears Holdings, will reward members with exclusive sales, special member pricing, gas savings offers from Kmart and more.

On top of 24/7 shopping on www.Kmart.com and www.Sears.com, customers can shop endless aisles of popular products from big brands on www.ShopYourWay.com. More than 95 million items are now available, making Sears one of the largest marketplace and commerce solution providers on the web.

Follow the conversation on Sears holiday at #SearsHoliday, Kmart at #MoreChristmas, and Shop Your Way at #MembersFirst.

*Sears and Kmart stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine and Puerto Rico will not be open on Thanksgiving Day, per their respective state laws. Stores in Maine, Rhode Island and Massachusetts will open at 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 29. Puerto Rico stores will open at midnight on Nov. 29. In addition, stores in some jurisdictions may have different hours of operation if required by local law.

Kmart Teams up with March of Dimes as Official Partner of Mothers Day and Fathers Day and Celebrates Healthy Babies

Every Baby is Born To Do Something Great! 

That’s the inspiring message of the March of Dimes “imbornto” Campaign now in Kmart stores. Shoppers can donate at the cash register to support the March of Dimes work to help more babies be born healthy.  (More information can be found at www.imbornto.com.)

imbornto also provides consumers nationwide the opportunity to shop at Kmart stores around the U.S. for gift ideas for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, while supporting the March of Dimes. The imbornto campaign builds on Kmart’s three-decade commitment to improving children’s health. Kmart’s associates and customers have raised more than $106 million for the March of Dimes over the past 30 years.

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The March of Dimes was established in 1938 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and went on to fund the development of the first safe and effective polio vaccines before turning to its mission to improve the health of babies. It is also the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit www.marchofdimes.com or www.nacersano.org. Today, the March of Dimes is hard at work to prevent the epidemic of premature birth, which affects nearly a half million babies every year.

Kmart is also the top fund raiser and corporate sponsor of March for Babies which is held in more than 750 communities on the last weekend in April of each year.  Support for March for Babies is part of Kmart for Kidssm, the umbrella program for Kmart’s philanthropic initiatives, which focuses on improving children’s health and wellness.

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“Kmart is giving back to the communities they serve,” says Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. “With the support of Kmart’s customers and associates, we can fund cutting-edge research and community programs that prevent disease and improve the health of babies.

For three decades Kmart has been committed to March for Babies and improving children’s health and wellness,” said Ron Boire, Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer and President, Sears and Kmart Formats. “Year-after-year, our associates, customers and SHOP YOUR WAY REWARDS℠ Members embrace the driving principle on which the March of Dimes was founded – many people giving a little can make a huge impact.”

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Kmart encourages people to participate in March for Babies or the new imbornto Campaign at any Kmart store nationwide through June 22, 2013. For more information on how to donate, put together a team, or find the nearest March for Babies Walk, visit www.kmart.com/marchofdimes orwww.marchforbabies.org . To follow March of Dimes on SHOP YOUR WAY, go towww.shopyourway.com/marchofdimes .

For more information visit the company’s website at  www.kmart.com  | Sears Holdings Corporation website at  www.searsholdings.com  | Facebook: www.facebook.com/kmartFind The March of Dimes on Facebook and follow on Twitter .

Web Site: http://www.marchforbabies.org/