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Walmart & Sam's Clubs - Reaching New Heights with Round Up!
The associates at Walmart and Sam's Club have been working tirelessly since March to ensure that every household is fully stocked with the essentials we need. And even though they continue to work around the clock to keep their shelves full and their own employees healthy, they were just as determined to put every ounce of their energy into making sure our CMN families are taken care of by pulling out all the stops during their annual fundraising campaign.
Beginning on June 22, every location began asking their customers to join them in their support of the families at KU Pediatrics by asking for donations at the registers. Customers could donate any amount and were even given the opportunity to round up their purchase for the first time this year - both at the register and when placing their orders online.
In addition to the donations they were raising from their generous customers, associates planned a variety of events for their employees to participate in and have a little fun during this busy time. From dressing in tutus, to water balloon fights to stuffed animal adoptions, the stores have gotten very creative in how they are raising funds to help the kids! Even our friends in the Transportation & Distribution Centers are working hard raising funds from employee fundraisers all year long as all of our 66 locations are competing to see who can be the top fundraising location in the Kansas City Market!
While this year has come with exciting new elements like round up and online giving, there have been many activities that the associates have not been able to do because of the COVID contact restrictions. But, the creativity and determination to make sure that every child seen at KU Pediatrics can continue to get the best care has, once again, led this amazing partner to an amazingly successful campaign!
Thank you to each and every associate at Walmart, Sam's Club, Walmart Neighborhood Market and Walmart Transportation & Distribution Centers!
Dance Marathon Leaders Know Kids Can't Wait
As with so much this year, the 2020 Dance Marathon Leadership Conference was taken online. Student leaders from UMKC (Kansas City Dance Marathon) and the University of Kansas (Kansas Miracle) logged on in early July to learn from nonprofit leaders and their Dance Marathon peers about how to evolve their programs to be successful as they face a new school year of uncertainty.
Sessions covered topics including how to operate in a virtual campus environment, and prioritizing diversity and inclusion. Of course, there was time for fun as well. In addition to awards, a virtual showcase featured the best dance moves from Dance Marathon programs across the country!
We know these students are gearing up for an unconventional year, but we are confident that their passion for the kids, paired with their entrepreneurial spirits, will make 2021 a successful year for Dance Marathon in Kansas City!
Sign Up, Stay Home, Play Games, Heal Kids!
Let's be honest, chances are good, you and your "quaran-crew" have been finding new ways to play games and connect virtually in recent months. With Extra Life Game Day right around the corner, it's time to put your gaming skills and virtual community to work raising money for kids!
Now is the time to get registered, recruit your teams and start planning for your 24-hour gaming marathon! Not familiar with Extra Life? We can help with that!
Extra Life is a gaming marathon that will happen on November 7 (or any other day that works for you!) where gamers of all kinds play games to help sick and injured kids right here in our local community. It's simple to get involved!
1. Sign up at extra-life.org to join the community
2. Start raising funds to support KU Medical Center Pediatrics, your local Children's Miracle Network member hospital. (100% of your fundraising will stay local to help kids seen right here in Kansas City)
3. Play games and have fun! Get your family and friends involved and create your own Extra Life team. You can play any game you like, whether you are into PC or online games, Xbox, tabletop games, classic board games, or even something like basketball!
Head to extra-life.org for more information and to get registered today!