Truckstop employees at more than 390 Love’s Travel Stop locations nationwide took their commitment to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN) to a new level this year, raising more than $2.5 million.
With the help of its truck-driving customers, this 18th annual companywide campaign raised $2.53 million — a record for the most donations collected during the five-week store campaign.
“We’re so thankful for our employees who set the bar higher every year, and for our customers who repeatedly support us,” said Jenny Love Meyer, vice president of communications for Love’s. “Every year, our employees continue to outdo themselves and our loyal customers show more goodwill to help children in their communities. The level of passion everyone demonstrates for this cause is inspiring.”
From Aug. 26-Sept. 30, Love’s team members sold CMN Hospitals’ Miracle Balloons for donations and organized numerous events like car shows, 5K runs, rummage sales, cookouts, wrestling tournaments, pet contests, skateboard tournaments and more.
Every year, employees’ spouses and children get behind the effort and volunteer to collect donations. Their combined efforts resulted in the stores surpassing their goal of $2.3 million. Since beginning its partnership with CMN Hospitals in 1998, Love’s has raised more than $16 million for the nonprofit.
Love’s showed additional support for CMN Hospitals this year by donating two days’ worth of coffee sales to the nonprofit in honor of National Coffee Day. On Sept. 29-30, $1 of every 24-ounce coffee or cappuccino sold at all Love’s locations went to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in that community.
“We are thrilled that Love’s Travel Stops has once again exceeded its fundraising goals this year,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “Through Love’s dedication and generosity to the cause, their employees and customers are saving kids’ lives. Thank you for making a tremendous impact on kids in Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country by funding vital treatments, research, equipment and charity care each year.”
Of the 170 CMN Hospitals members throughout North America, 99 benefit from Love’s annual campaign.