Stewart’s ‘Holiday Match’ exceeds previous campaigns

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 2018 Holiday Match program has raised over $2 million for local children’s organizations, setting a record for the fifth consecutive season. From Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day, Stewart’s customers impressively donated over $1,031,000 to the program, which is an approximate $86,000 increase over last season. Each individual donation is matched penny for penny by Stewart’s Shops. There are no administrative costs and 100 percent of the funds benefit local, non-profit children’s organizations, according to a news release.

“We are impressed by our customers’ generosity season after season. They have joined us in supporting local children’s charities for 32 years now, raising more than $28 million,” says Stewart’s Shops President Gary Dake. “We are proud to give back to our communities that have supported us for so many years and living proof that we are closer to you.”

“The success of the Holiday Match program continues with the hard work of our shop partners and the generosity of our customers,” says Stewart’s Foundation President Susan Dake. “Together, we will help thousands of children with organizations that support children year-round.”

Over 1,700 children’s organizations received Holiday Match funding from the 2017 Holiday Match campaign. This year, there is even more money to be allocated. All local children’s charities are encouraged to apply for funding from the Holiday Match program through Jan. 31, 2019.

Organizations can apply online at stewartsshops.com or pick up a paper application at any shop. All groups applying must be locally based, benefit children younger than 18, and be a qualified, charitable 501c3 organization. A brochure listing the charities that received Holiday Match funding last year is available at stewartsshops.com. All the funds will be allocated in March.

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