BAKERSFIELD, Calif -
The Mercy & Memorial Community Wellness Program received a check for $54,284 from Kohl's, through the Kohl's Cares cause merchandise program, on Saturday, Oct. 27 at noon at the Kohl's Department Store on Gosford Road during the Healthy Kids in Healthy Homes, Healthy Halloween Carnival.
The project is designed to help combat childhood obesity for children in at-risk areas of Kern County.
"This comprehensive program will help local children learn how to lead a healthier life-style," said Jan Hefner, director of Mercy & Memorial's Community Wellness Program. "We think the key to making this program successful is including the parents in the program."
The program curriculum includes planning and preparation of nutritious meals, physical activity, and parent and child behavior modification skills.
Kohl's commitment to Mercy & Memorial Hospitals is made possible through the Kohl's Cares cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl's sell $5 books and plush toys where 100 percent of net profit benefits children's health and education programs nationwide.
Kohl's has gifted more than $350,000 to Mercy & Memorial Community Wellness Program since 2005. These funds benefit the Healthy Kids in Healthy Homes project.
Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl's is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. With a commitment to environmental leadership, Kohl's operates 1,134 stores in 49 states. In support of the communities it serves, Kohl's has raised more than $208 million for children's initiatives nationwide through its Kohl's Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl's Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl's Department Stores, Inc.