Your Support Since 2006
Reported as of February 2020
Going Above and Beyond
The ultimate goal of the Kmart and Sears brands is improving the lives of your customers with quality products and services for the home, while building trust and lifelong relationships. For 120 years, the relationships you've built—paired with keeping your customers' best interests at the forefront—have allowed you to serve others.
A partner since 2006, Kmart/Sears has raised more than $120 million to date, more than any partner in the history of St. Jude. In 2013, you activated pin-pad technology, helping your organization raise a record-breaking $21.9 million during a single campaign. As the top St. Jude fundraiser for seven years in a row, you also became the first partner to break the $10 million and $20 million marks for St. Jude, and to reach the $100 million milestone. In 2019, you began fundraising year-round, raising $4.6 million for the improvement of the lives of St. Jude children and their families.
Your dedication to St. Jude was recognized in 2012 with the official naming of the St. Jude LIFE & After Completion of Therapy Clinic Presented by Kmart. In July 2014, St. Jude expanded Kmart’s on-campus presence with the renaming of the building, the Kmart St. Jude Life Center.
For years, you've been a participant in the St. Jude Walk/Run, and your field and headquarters locations continue to rally around the event.
For the first time, you leveraged your email database—to highlight your partnership with St. Jude and to encourage recipients to donate to St. Jude through their new donation capable online shopping cart system. Even more, Kmart and Sears activated year-round online shopping cart add-on donations for St. Jude at kmart.com and sears.com.
To thank the group for their longstanding support and welcome Sears to the St. Jude family, ALSAC President and CEO Richard C. Shadyac Jr. spoke to both an online and in person audience of 2,400 Kmart and Sears associates at a Transformco Town Hall on May 1. The meeting was later viewed by 5,000 additional associates.
And because you always show up to support the cause, representatives from Kmart/Sears attended the Four Stars Chicago Gala.
Wrapped in Care
The 2019 St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign would not have been as successful without the dedication of partners like Kmart/Sears. You went above and beyond to show support for our 16th annual campaign and that quality cements our partnership and will continue to help ensure no family receives a bill from St. Jude for anything.
Your commitment to current as well as a new generation of donors was instrumental in building awareness for St. Jude during the holiday season. You participated in the annual campaign by encouraging shoppers to make a $1, $5 and $10 donation online or in-store at checkout in 340 stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and U.S. Virgin Islands; allowing customers to shop their way for a good cause.
Throughout the year, Kmart also sold products benefiting St. Jude, including bear ornaments and bracelets in 2019. The sales of these items helps further our research and provide excellent care to the kids of St. Jude.
In 2019, Sears stores joined Kmart in supporting St. Jude, also fundraising year-round and participating in the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign.
Thankful for All You Do for the Kids of St. Jude
Because of you, St. Jude is able to save kids regardless of their financial situation. The values you continuously instill throughout your corporation—quality, trustworthiness, and the commitment to attracting and retaining a new generation of loyal customers—are the values that create an immense and invaluable partnership between Kmart/Sears and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Because you are committed to going above and beyond, we are able to continue our lifesaving mission. Thank you, Kmart/Sears, for your gifts of giving, and for being a beacon of hope for St. Jude children and their families.
Your Support Helps St. Jude Patients Like Lucas
“All of the doctors in Chile agreed that St. Jude was the best place for Lucas. The work being done at St. Jude is years ahead of anything being done in Chile.”
- Carlos, Lucas' dad