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Geisinger Janet Weis Children's Hospital Receives $50,000 Grant

Oct 22, 2019 03:34PM ● By Erica Shames

Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital has been awarded a $50,000 KidCents Regional Grant to support community programs for its Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute (ADMI).

“We have found that providing opportunities for families to experience programming with other parents and children like themselves in a safe and supportive environment has been one of the most beneficial aspects of our program,” said Christa Martin, Geisinger’s Associate Chief Scientific Officer and ADMI Director. “This funding will allow us to develop new curricula for families and professionals on emergency preparedness and allow us to host community-wide events to share this information.”

The funding will be used to host five new community events throughout the year and create special toolkits for families and emergency professionals that will contain information on how to prepare or work with a child in an emergent situation.

The Rite Aid Foundation is awarding $2.3 million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the nation through a special KidCents Grant Program. The grants will enable local children’s hospitals to advance initiatives focused on improving the health and wellbeing of children in the communities Rite Aid serves.

“Rite Aid and The Rite Aid Foundation have been passionate supporters of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for 25 years. Through our annual in-store Miracle Balloon Campaign and other special events, we’ve raised more than $92 million for local children’s hospitals,” said Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. “We are excited to expand the reach of our partnership and help local children’s hospitals make an even greater difference in their communities.”

KidCents Grants awarded to children’s hospitals in targeted communities range from $49,124 to $300,000 and support existing programs or initiatives focused on children’s health and wellbeing.

A total of 20 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in California, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington received grants.

Other funded programs include a scholarship initiative that enables children with special needs to attend medical camps, a science education outreach program for students in low-resource schools, and a Safe Sleep Campaign, which provides safe sleeping kits for at-risk families.

Through annual in-store campaigns and events, Rite Aid locations in central and northeast Pennsylvania have raised more than $1.3 million for Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital since 1996.

About Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger

Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger helps make miracles happen every day at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, Geisinger Wyoming Valley, and more than 40 medical groups and pediatric specialty outreach clinics.  A nonprofit organization, it has raised more than $66 million for pediatric services, equipment and programs throughout Geisinger since 1984. For more information on Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger, call 1-800-322-5437 or (570) 271-6188, or visit

About The Rite Aid Foundation

Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $63 million to nonprofit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $92 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994. 

About KidCents

Through the KidCents program, members of Rite Aid's loyalty program, wellness+ rewards, can round up their in-store or online purchases to the nearest dollar and donate their change to KidCents. Members can also choose to direct their change to a specific KidCents charity by visiting Through KidCents’ Step Up Fund, The Rite Aid Foundation provides a matching donation of $500 for every $500 a charity raises in contributions through the wellness+ rewards program, up to a maximum of $5,000. For more information, visit

About Rite Aid Corporation

Rite Aid Corporation, which generated fiscal 2019 annual revenue of $21.6 billion, is one of the nation's leading drugstore chains with 2,464 stores in 18 states and pharmacy benefit management (PBM) capabilities through EnvisionRxOptions and its affiliates. At Rite Aid, we have a personal interest in our customers’ health and wellness and deliver the products and services they need to lead healthier lives. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company's website at


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