Holiday match sets new record

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The 2017 Holiday Match program has raised $1.89 million for local children’s organizations, setting a record for the fourth consecutive season. From Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day, Stewart’s customers impressively donated $945,000 to the program, which is an approximate $19,000 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.

“This program is proof that your small change can really add up, and make a big impact on local kids,” says Stewart’s Shops President Gary Dake. “Teaming up with our customers to support our communities is just another reason why we say, 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 will support children year-round.”

The program has raised nearly $26 million to date. Over 1,700 children’s organizations received Holiday Match funding from the last campaign.

Children’s charities can apply for funding from the Holiday Match program through Jan. 31. Organizations can easily fill out an online application at stewartsshops.com or pick up a paper application at any shop. All groups applying must be locally based, benefit children under 18, and be a qualified, charitable 501c3 organization. A brochure listing charities that received Holiday Match funding last year is available at stewartsshops.com. Funds will be allocated in March.

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