press release

July 24, 2013

Christopher Brand
[email protected]


Carlisle, PA – GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets recently concluded their annual in-store balloon campaign for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals. By purchasing a CMN paper balloon at the checkout for a $1 donation, customers raised $540,888 from June 23 through July 13.

“The passion and enthusiasm of our associates for Children’s Miracle Network is second to none,” said Rick Herring, president. “I am always humbled to see the overwhelming response from our generous customers, and I want to thank everyone for their support of children who are fighting for good health.”

GIANT/MARTIN’S has been a proud supporter of CMN Hospitals for 17 years, recently eclipsing the $30 million fundraising mark. Each year GIANT/MARTIN’S conducts balloon and candle paper icon campaigns in support of children’s hospitals in the Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Danville/Altoona, PA, Baltimore, MD Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA areas. In addition to in-store fundraising efforts, GIANT/MARTIN’S associates also regularly volunteer at CMN hospital events, including radio and television telethons.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the alliance of premier hospitals for children, is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America. CMN Hospitals are well-known for providing the finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries of every kind.


Celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2013, GIANT/MARTIN’S, headquartered in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, operates nearly 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets. GIANT/MARTIN’S employs more than 31,000 associates. Founded in 1923, GIANT and MARTIN’S have a long-standing commitment to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children in addition to working with hundreds of local organizations annually. The company was recognized for its leadership in the fight against hunger with the Golden Grocer Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. GIANT and MARTIN’S are Ahold companies. For more information visit and Find us on Facebook at and