Donate 208 Bikes to "Toys for Tots"

Kroger and Scott Employees are In the Spirit of Giving

By Peter Neumann

Kroger and Scott Employees are In the Spirit of Giving

December 21, 2010 Updated Dec 21, 2010 at 11:24 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- Kroger and Scott's employees collected money and gave some gifts that'll keep on giving.

They are donating 208 bikes to the Marine Corps and its "Toys for Tots" campaign.

Read the Kroger's press release:

FORT WAYNE, IN – December 21st – Kroger Central Division announced the results of a fund-raising campaign by Northeast Indiana stores for “Toys for Tots”. Associates in 19 Kroger and Scott’s stores made personal donations of 208 bikes, as well as tricycles, big wheels and scooters, to be donated to children in the community in partnership with the United States Marine Corps’ “Toys for Tots” campaign. Store associates and the district office team, raised money for the bikes through dress down days, raffles, bake sales, other in-store events and personal donations.

This donation of bikes follows a November presentation of $20,991 to “Toys for Tots.” That donation represented proceeds from a coin box campaign in 149 stores throughout the Kroger Central Division. The Northeast Indiana stores raised $7,967.83 or 33 percent of the multi-state total during that separate coin box campaign on behalf of “Toys for Tots” campaign.

According to Kroger Central Division President Bob Moeder, “I am extremely proud of our Kroger and Scott’s associates in the Fort Wayne region. I am particularly proud of district office administrator Dorothy Rhines and District Manager Tim Livingston as they led this truly inspiring effort. They demonstrate sincere, heartfelt generosity for one cause after another. The team at our Kroger banner store at 601 East DuPont Road deserves special praise for being the top donor store with 31 bikes. The Fort Wayne district team not only does an exceptional job of taking care of our customers, they do their part to help take care of the local community. During this holiday season, there are more families in need than we have seen for a very long time. Thanks to the generosity of our associates in Northeast Indiana, more than 200 children will have a much happier holiday season. Their passion for the Toys for Tots campaign also was shared by our generous customers in the Northeast Indiana region.”

The Kroger Co. has been serving local communities for 127 years. Kroger Central Division has 149 food stores, 123 pharmacies and 61 fuel centers operating under five banners; Kroger, Scott’s, Owen’s, Hilander and Pay Less, with locations primarily in Indiana and Illinois, in addition to five stores in Missouri, one in Michigan and one in Ohio. Kroger Central Division is dedicated to supporting every local community it serves, contributing more than $11.7 million annually to local organizations, primarily focusing on hunger relief, K-12 education, health causes and diversity. At Kroger we value: honesty, respect, inclusion, diversity, safety and integrity."

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