The 26th annual Stewart’s Shops’ Holiday Match program has once again topped the million dollar mark in contributions for local children’s charities.
The company announced today that Stewart’s customers donated $672,000 -- with Stewart’s Shops matching that amount -- for a total of $1,344,000 to be distributed in March.
“These are difficult times for many families and despite the economic challenges we are always impressed with the generosity of our customers,” said Susan Dake, Stewart’s Foundation president, in a statement from the company.
The Holiday Match program is based on customers making contributions at the 324 Stewart’s Shops located in upstate New York and western Vermont from Thanksgiving through Christmas. Stewart’s then matches all individual customer donations.
The money raised benefits children’s organizations directly within the communities where Stewart’s Shops are located. There are no administrative costs and 100 percent of the funds collected and matched benefit the communities that have made this program so successful. After this year’s funds are distributed, more than $17 million will have been allocated since the program’s inception in 1986.