Kohl's Donates $93,004 to the Kohl's Safety Center

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Deb Amesqua, Peg Van Bree, Mike Savage, Karen Lund receive donation checkMADISON – Kohl’s Department Stores recently donated $93,004 to the Kohl’s Safety Center, located at the American Family Children’s Hospital.

Madison Fire Chief Deb Amesqua was a featured speaker during a brief ceremony to present the gift. According to Amesqua, “It is our commitment…to work with other like- minded organizations to prevent harm to the youngest members of our community. We salute the Kohl’s Safety Center for this innovative approach to community health.”

Jayne Boebel, Beaver Dam Kohl’s store manager, presented the check to Peg Van Bree, chief operating officer of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Joining Van Bree was Nan Peterson, RN, injury prevention coordinator, Jim Savage, Kohl’s Safety Center coordinator and Karen Lund.

“Kohl’s looks for ways to give back to the community for which we care. One program is the Kohl’s Cares for Kids,” according to Boebel.

Through Kohl’s Cares for Kids, 100 percent of the net profits from the sale of special merchandise at the Kohl’s stores, including stuffed animals, children’s books, even holiday CDs, is donated to a local children’s hospital.

Kohl’s supports 150 children’s hospitals nationwide, including American Family Children’s Hospital. It was the sale of the Kohl’s Care for Kids merchandise at the Madison-area Kohl’s stores, as well as stores in outlying communities including Beaver Dam, Janesville, Lake Delton and Johnson Creek, that resulted in the generous gift.

Kohl’s has donated more than $883,000 in support of safety initiatives at the American Family Children’s Hospital over the last seven years. Together, Kohl’s and American Family Children’s Hospital have joined together to promote the health and safety of children.

“The Kohl’s Safety Center is the first of its kind in Wisconsin, something Kohl’s and the American Family Children’s Hospital can be very proud of,” said Van Bree.

The Kohl’s Safety Center educates families on ways to prevent injury and protect children from accidents. The center provides safety products, injury prevention materials and has trained staff available to assist families with their questions and needs.

To learn more about the Kohl’s Safety Center and the American Family Children’s Hospital, visit www.uwhealth.org/kids.

Date Published: 02/05/2008

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