Grape Juice Spells Great Help for Kids

Generous Costco team members hand check over to Chief Development Officer Michael Duran, who will use the money to support pediatric needs.

Who knew grape juice could do so much for kids?

Through a partnership with Costco and the Newman’s Own Foundation, a portion of national sales of the yummilicious beverage was provided to Tucson Medical Center, as the local Children’s Miracle Network hospital.

A team of local Costco employees were on hand April 26 to deliver a check for more than $31,000.

Also known for its salad dressings and sauces, the Newman’s Own Foundation has donated more than $330 million to thousands of charities since 1982.

One of those charities includes Children’s Miracle Network, which raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals throughout North America. The unique benefit of the program is that every donation that is given stays in that local community, ensuring that every dollar is spent on local children.

Donations are used to purchase equipment, to pay for uncompensated care and to support research and training.

Marjie Collins, the membership marketing manager for the new Tucson III store at Kino and Interstate 10, had a chance to go on a tour after the check presentation to see the dollars at work.

Although some members of the team were worried initially that it would be sad to see sick children, Collins said the team found it uplifting instead.

“It was very inspiring to see what is really almost miraculous,” Collins said.

She noted the team had a chance to see the newborn intensive care unit, where a premature baby was putting on weight and getting stronger. “In the olden days, that wouldn’t have happened,” Collins explained, “so to see where the money goes and what it’s able to do was really very moving.”

Erika Grasse, the director of the Children’s Miracle Network at Tucson Medical Center, said she was heartened to have the support of the partnership, since resources are always needed to support pediatric programs and services, as well as to fund key facility renovations.

“We can’t do it alone,” Grasse said. “That’s why it’s so key to have partners like this in the community who have such full hearts and are willing to do what they can to help local children.”

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