Love’s raises $2.5 million for children’s hospitals

Love’s Travel Stops employees at more than 390 stores in 40 states raised $2.53 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals recently. The 18th annual five-week companywide campaign also set a record for the most donations collected.

Since beginning its partnership with CMN Hospitals in 1998, Love’s has raised more than $16 million for the organization.

Miracle Network balloons at the Ardmore, Oklahoma Love’s.Miracle Network balloons at the Ardmore, Oklahoma Love’s.

“We’re so thankful for our employees who set the bar higher every year, and for our customers who repeatedly support us,” said Jenny Love Meyer, vice president of communications for Love’s. “Every year, our employees continue to outdo themselves and our loyal customers show more goodwill to help children in their communities. The level of passion everyone demonstrates for this cause is inspiring.”

From Aug. 26 to Sept. 30, Love’s team members sold CMN Hospitals’ Miracle Balloons for donations and organized numerous events like 5K runs, rummage sales, cookouts, wrestling tournaments, pet contests and skateboard tournaments. Every year, employees’ spouses and children get behind the effort and volunteer to collect donations. Their combined efforts resulted in the stores surpassing their goal of $2.3 million.

Love’s showed additional support this year by donating two days’ worth of coffee sales to CMN Hospitals in honor of National Coffee Day. On Sept. 29-30, $1 of every 24 oz. coffee or cappuccino sold at all Love’s locations went to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in that community.