Press Release

Love’s Raises More Than $2.5 Million for CMNH

(OKLAHOMA CITY, October 12, 2016) – Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) store employees took their commitment to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to a new level this year. The 18th annual companywide campaign to raise funds for CMN Hospitals recently came to an end. With the help of our Customers, employees at more than 390 stores in 40 states raised $2.53 million, which is a record for the most donations collected during the five-week store campaign.

“We’re so thankful for our employees who set the bar higher every year, and for our Customers who repeatedly support us,” said Jenny Love Meyer, vice president of communications for Love’s. “Every year, our employees continue to outdo themselves and our loyal Customers show more goodwill to help children in their communities. The level of passion everyone demonstrates for this cause is inspiring.”

From August 26-September 30, Love’s team members sold CMN Hospitals’ Miracle Balloons for donations and organized numerous events like 5K runs, rummage sales, cookouts, wrestling tournaments, pet contests, skateboard tournaments and more. Every year, employees’ spouses and children get behind the effort and volunteer to collect donations. Their combined efforts resulted in the stores surpassing their goal of $2.3 million. Since beginning its partnership with CMN Hospitals in 1998, Love’s has raised more than $16 million for the nonprofit.

Love’s showed additional support for CMN Hospitals this year by donating two days’ worth of coffee sales to the nonprofit in honor of National Coffee Day. On September 29-30, $1 of every 24 oz. coffee or cappuccino sold at all Love’s locations went to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in that community.

"We are thrilled that Love's Travel Stops has once again exceeded their fundraising goals this year," said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. "Through Love’s dedication and generosity to the cause, their employees and customers are saving kids' lives. Thank you for making a tremendous impact on kids in Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country by funding vital treatments, research, equipment and charity care each year."

Of the 170 CMN Hospitals members throughout North America, 99 benefit from Love’s annual campaign.

About Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Founded in 1964, Love’s has more than 390 locations in 40 states. Love’s provides professional truck drivers and motorists with 24-hour access to clean and safe places to purchase gasoline, diesel fuel, travel items, electronics, snacks and more, as well as a selection of restaurant offerings. On-site Love’s Truck Tire Care centers offer roadside assistance, tire care and light mechanical services for professional truck drivers. Showers, CAT scales and other services for professional truck drivers are also available. Love’s, which remains family-owned and operated, employs more than 15,000 people. To learn more, visit www.loves.com.

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.