press release

July 18, 2012

Christopher Brand
[email protected]


Carlisle, PA – Customers at GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets once again showed their overwhelming support for local Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals through the grocers’ annual in-store paper balloon campaign. From June 24 through July 7, customers could purchase a paper CMN balloon at the checkout for a $1 donation. This year, customers raised a record $553,616 through the campaign.

“Our customers and associates’ compassion to the cause of helping the youngest members of our community is why GIANT/MARTIN’S continues to rank among CMN’s top 10 fundraisers in the country,” said Jeff Beaulieu, vice president of sales and merchandising. “Your record-breaking donations are making a difference as thousands of kids throughout the regions we serve continue to fight for good health.”

Customers can still show their support for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by purchasing a limited edition reusable CMN bag now in stores while supplies last. GIANT/MARTIN’S will donate ten cents of every CMN reusable bag sold to benefit local CMN Hospitals throughout its market area. Since 1996, GIANT/MARTIN’S has raised more than $25 million in support of children’s hospitals in the Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Danville/Altoona, PA, Baltimore, MD Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA areas.

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. Each year the 170 CMN 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