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Doernbecher RECEIVES $100,000 through THE RITE AID FOUNDATION’S Kidcents grant program

OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital has been awarded a $100,000 KidCents Regional Grant to support the Tom Sargent Safety Center by providing a new outreach vehicle as well as safety or injury prevention resources for at risk community members.

“This gift is truly an amazing opportunity to expand the work of the Tom Sargent Safety Center. The center primarily provides pediatric injury prevention services to children ages birth to 19 and their caregivers.” Said Neah Jackson, Assistant Director of Corporate and Community Development for the OHSU & Doernbecher Foundations. “The majority of those who seek our services are low-income, immigrant and/or single mother-led families who may not be able to afford a safe car seat or bike helmet. This grant will allow us to support those families and prevent more serious injuries”

Grant funds will be used to purchase a new Safety Center van that will be used by staff to travel throughout the region and deliver injury prevention education and resources to schools, health and safety fairs, and other safety events. At these events, low-income families, at no cost to them, can receive a wide variety of crucial safety items to create a safer environment for their children. These items include: safe sleep kits (including a portable Cribette play yard and sleep sack), car seats, firearm storage devices, medication lock boxes, and bike helmets to better ensure “safe home, safe sleep, and safe ride.”

The Rite Aid Foundation is awarding $2.3 million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the nation through a special KidCents Grant Program. The grants will enable local children’s hospitals to advance initiatives focused on improving the health and well being of children in the communities Rite Aid serves.

“Rite Aid and The Rite Aid Foundation have been passionate supporters of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for 25 years. Through our annual in-store Miracle Balloon Campaign and other special events, we’ve raised more than $92 million for local children’s hospitals,” said Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. “We are excited to expand the reach of our partnership and help local children’s hospitals make an even greater difference in their communities.”

KidCents Grants awarded to children’s hospitals in targeted communities range from $49,124 to $300,000 and support existing programs or initiatives focused on children’s health and wellbeing.

A total of 20 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in California, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington received grants.

Other funded programs include a scholarship initiative that enables children with special needs to attend medical camps, a science education outreach program for students in low-resource schools, and a Safe Sleep Campaign, which provides safe sleeping kits for at-risk families.

 About Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

Doernbecher Children’s Hospital provides the region’s widest range of children’s health care services and serves as the primary center for OHSU pediatric programs. As part of Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon’s only academic health center, Doernbecher offers patients exceptional primary care and access to the region’s most advanced treatments. In addition, Doernbecher is Oregon’s primary teaching hospital. Its staff educates tomorrow’s pediatric specialists.

About The Rite Aid Foundation

Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $63 million to nonprofit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $92 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.

About KidCents

Through the KidCents program, members of Rite Aid’s loyalty program, wellness+ rewards, can round up their in-store or online purchases to the nearest dollar and donate their change to KidCents. Members can also choose to direct their change to a specific KidCents charity by visiting Through KidCents’ Step Up Fund, The Rite Aid Foundation provides a matching donation of $500 for every $500 a charity raises in contributions through the wellness+ rewards program, up to a maximum of $5,000. For more information, visit

 About Rite Aid Corporation

Rite Aid Corporation, which generated fiscal 2019 annual revenue of $21.6 billion, is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with 2,464 stores in 18 states and pharmacy benefit management (PBM) capabilities through EnvisionRxOptions and its affiliates. At Rite Aid, we have a personal interest in our customers’ health and wellness and deliver the products and services they need to lead healthier lives. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at