The American Cancer Society in Juneau received $3,837.16 from Fred Meyer customers and employees, who donated more than $347,000 toward cancer research and awareness in the third quarter by dropping their change in the coin boxes located at Fred Meyer checkstands.
From Aug. 18 to Nov. 9, Fred Meyer customers in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington put their spare change in coin boxes and Fred Meyer employees chose to combine their quarterly donations to Fred Meyer’s corporate foundation, The Fred Meyer Fund, with the coin box donations.
“It may not seem like much, but those small donations really add up,” said Melinda Merrill, public affairs director for Fred Meyer Stores. “Cancer research and awareness is an area that so many of our employees and customers are passionate about, and we’re grateful to all of those that donated their hard-earned money to the Fred Meyer Fund.”
Fred Meyer has had coin boxes at its check stands for more than 15 years. The money collected from the coin boxes is distributed through the company’s corporate foundation, the Fred Meyer Fund. In 2012, the coin boxes raised more than $600,000 for non-profit organizations. The money dropped in the coin boxes stays in the community where it is donated. Each quarter, the coin boxes are designated to a different giving area:
• Q1 – Youth development
• Q2 – Military family support
• Q3 – Cancer research and awareness
• Q4 – Hunger reduction
Fred Meyer Stores, based in Portland, Ore., offers one-stop shopping at its 133 multi-department stores in four western states. Fred Meyer Stores and its employees contribute more than $4 million to communities across the Northwest each year through corporate donations, sponsorships and grants from the Fred Meyer Fund. The company also donates more than 4 million pounds of product to food banks in the Northwest each year. Fred Meyer Stores is a division of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR). For more information, please visit www.fredmeyer.com.