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JCPENNEY CUSTOMERS ROUND UP FOR SALVATION ARMY, DONATE $10,000 TO BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS

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Released 20 May 2009

JCPenney Customers "Round up" for salvation army,
donate $10,000 to Boys and Girls clubs


Baltimore, MD - The Salvation Army's Boys and Girls Clubs will receive $10,000 thanks to funds raised through a recent "Round-Up" program at the JCPenneys in White Marsh, Marley Station, and Eastpoint Mall from April 10-19. JCPenney customers were invited to "round-up" their JCPenney purchases to the nearest whole dollar and donate the difference to the JCPenney Afterschool Fund, a public charity that provides at-risk children access to life-enriching afterschool programs that inspire children to be smart, strong and socially responsible.


The money raised from JCPenney's recent "Round-Up" program will go to The Salvation Army's Boys and Girls Clubs afterschool and summer programming in Middle River, Glen Burnie and Franklin Square.

Each of the three Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs work collectively with families, schools, and outside agencies to provide Baltimore Area at-risk youth, ages 6 to 18, provide youth with fun educational, recreational, cultural, and technological experiences. The Clubs' various programs and activities are designed to prepare at-risk youth for a successful transition into adulthood. On-site libraries and computer labs help foster academic achievement, while on-going group activities such as sports teams, job training, healthcare and leadership workshops help to promote teamwork, healthy lifestyle choices, and community involvement.


Studies show that 14.3 million children in the United States are unsupervised after school between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day, putting them at greater risk of involvement in crime, drug abuse and other destructive behaviors during these hours. To address this issue, JCPenney created the JCPenney Afterschool Fund in 2001, and together they have contributed more than $70 million to support the afterschool cause nationwide, giving tens of thousands of children the opportunity to participate in essential afterschool program

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To interview Major Roger Coulson, Greater Baltimore Area Commander, about this and other Salvation Army services, call Betsy Charlow at 410-662-4573.


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