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Smith's donates $32,000 to breast cancer fight

Published October 17, 2012 7:18 am

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Smith's Food & Drug Stores is donating $32,000 to support the American Cancer Society's Quality of Life program, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Utah.

The donation was generated through Smith's Giving Hope a Hand in-store marketing program, which helps support research projects, fund mammograms and educational outreach, and assists women who are undergoing treatments with critical needs.

Customers' purchases of 1,600 products with specially marked pink tags raised $3 million for local breast cancer initiatives, in partnership with Smith's parent company, Kroger. Smith's donated a total of $160,000 to local breast cancer causes throughout its seven states of operation in the Intermountain West.

"Smith's support has greatly helped the American Cancer Society's Quality of Life program bring needed nutrition, wigs and prostheses to women who otherwise would not be able to afford these important personal-care needs," said Kent Coburn, senior executive director of the American Cancer Society. "In the past five years, Smith's has contributed $80,000."

Smith's operates 133 stores in seven western states. Smith's charitable giving, in partnership with 15,600 associates, customers and suppliers, totaled $9.5 million in cash and food products to local organizations last year.