$1.34 million raised for children's charities through Stewart's Holiday Match

By WKTV News

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 that Stewart’s customers donated $672,000, Stewart’s Shops is matching that amount, with a total of $1,344,000 to be distributed in March, 2013.

“These are difficult times for many families and despite the economic challenges we are always impressed with the generosity of our customers,” says Susan Dake, Stewart’s Foundation President.

The Holiday Match program is based on customers making contributions in the 324 Stewart’s Shops, located in upstate New York and western Vermont, from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day.

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% of the funds collected and matched benefit the communities that have made this program so successful. After this year’s funds are distributed, over $17 million will have been allocated since the program’s inception in 1986.

The $672,000 that Stewart’s is matching is about 30% of the $2,250,000 donations budget for Stewart’s Shops in 2013.

“We continue to see many organizations struggle as fewer companies are able to help with funding. We are fortunate to be in a position to assist thousands of local organizations this year, following our company theme that We Are Closer to You,” says Dake.

Children’s charities can still apply for funding from the Holiday Match Program. Applications are available in all Stewart’s Shops or online at".

Applications must be submitted or postmarked by January 31, 2013 to be considered for funding.

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