press release

December 17, 2012

Christopher Brand
[email protected]


Carlisle, PA – Customers and associates at GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets showed their holiday spirit of giving by donating a record-breaking $751,029 during the annual “Candles for Kids” in-store campaign in support of Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals. Last year’s Candles for Kids campaign raised $586,628.

“Once again, we are gratified and overwhelmed by the generous support of our customers and associates who believe in our mission of improving the lives of children,” said Rick Herring, president. “We are thrilled to donate another record-setting amount to CMN hospitals to provide the care and resources needed to help kids fighting for good health this holiday season and all year long.”

GIANT/MARTIN’S conducted its annual “Candles for Kids” in-store CMN fundraising campaign November 25 through December 8. Customers were encouraged to purchase a paper candle at the checkout for $1 each and to write their names on these candles which were then displayed in the stores.

Over the past 16 years, GIANT/MARTIN’S has raised more than $26 million to support seven Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, which include Penn State Children’s Hospital at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Janet Weis Children’s Hospital at Geisinger Health Systems, University of Virginia Children's Hospital, University of Pittsburgh Children's Hospital, and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Children’s Miracle Network – 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. Each year the 170 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals provide the finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries of every kind.


Headquartered in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN’S 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