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Love’s Travel Stops Raises $167,723.18 for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) store employees recently wrapped up a five-week campaign, raising $167,723.18 for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the local CMN Hospital.

More than 430 stores in 41 states participated in the national campaign that raised a record $2.7 million for CMN Hospitals. Since 1998, Love’s has raised more than $20 million for the nonprofit organization.

“Every year, our employees show passion and dedication for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, and this year they also demonstrated perseverance,” said Jenny Love Meyer, vice president of communications for Love’s. “Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit during our campaign, forcing many of our Texas and Florida locations to temporarily close. Other locations stepped up their fundraising efforts so we could still make a difference for kids, while employees in storm-affected areas focused on recovery efforts. We’re thankful for the customers who support this cause every year and are really proud of our employees who endured through the challenges.”

From August 26 through September 30, Love’s team members sold CMN Hospitals’ miracle balloons for donations and organized numerous fundraising events. In Middle Tennessee, the six stores hosted a golf tournament, a car show and raised funds through booths at local community events. Love’s showed additional support for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt on National Coffee Day on September 29. In honor of the day, all 24-ounce hot beverages were discounted to one dollar, with all proceeds going to the hospital.

Nationally, Love’s employees surpassed their goal of raising $2.6 million. On a local level, Love’s increased fundraising six percent over last year’s campaign total.

“Thank you Love’s Travel Stops for once again reaching your annual fundraising goal this year,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®. “Love’s team members and customers went above and beyond—raising more funds for vital treatments, research, equipment and care—which helps create more miracles for sick children across the country.”

CMN Hospitals open their doors to all kids, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Member hospitals in the U.S. provide $3.4 billion in charity care annually. The funds raised at each Love’s location benefits sick and injured children in that community. Of the 170 CMN Hospitals’ members throughout North America, 101 benefit from Love’s annual campaign.