Celebrating 50 years of making our communities well with 50 acts of wellness

Archive October, 2012


October31Wednesday

Taking Wellness – and Water- to Communities Immediate after Hurricane Sandy Struck

Staten Island, NY

With many NY and NJ residents in desperate need in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Rite Aid’s 50 Acts of Wellness took on a new meaning and focus. Immediately after the storm, The Rite Aid Foundation, store, field and supply chain teams mobilized to distribute free bottled water at five stores in the hardest hit areas.

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October31Wednesday

Scoops of Halloween Happiness for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

Happy Halloween! Our RA50 team brought no tricks but lots of treats to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with an ice cream social featuring everyone’s favorite: Thrifty Ice Cream, Rite Aid’s very own award-winning ice cream. Miss California 2012 Leah Cecil joined in on the fun, which included appearances from the Tuggy mascot and the Thrifty Ice Cream mascots: Cone Boy and Cone Girl.

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October30Tuesday

Hollywood Boys & Girls Club Members Stay Fit with Denise Austin

Los Angeles, CA

To help the children at the Boys & Girls Club of Hollywood understand the importance of regular exercise in maintaining a healthy weight, RA50 brought in fitness expert Denise Austin to teach fun exercises that kids can do anywhere to stay fit.

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October30Tuesday

Los Angeles Students Get Moving with Denise Austin

Los Angeles, CA

More than 40% of children in Los Angeles are either overweight or obese, which can lead to severe health consequences including Type 2 diabetes and increased risk of heart disease and stroke. To help get kids moving and show how much fun exercise can be, RA50 brought fitness expert Denise Austin to Harmony Elementary School, of the Los Angeles Unified School District, where she led a group of 95 fifth graders in high-energy fitness routines.

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October29Monday

Helping Los Angeles Seniors Live Healthier

Los Angeles, CA

Knowledge is power in staying well at any age. That’s why we kicked off RA50 in Los Angeles by providing area seniors at the Angelus Plaza Senior Activity Center with free glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure screenings.

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October24Wednesday

Keeping Young Portland Athletes on Top of their Game

Portland, OR

RA50 partnered with the Portland Youth Soccer Association to help these athletes stay on top of their game.

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October24Wednesday

Cold & Flu Crew Keeps Portland on the Go

Portland, OR

RA50’s Cold & Flu Crew took morning commuters by surprise at the Portland Transit mall when teams of two took over the streets in downtown Portland to hand out more than 1,000 Cold & Flu Packets.

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October24Wednesday

Helping Keep Portland Students Healthy

Portland, OR

We visited the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland today, delivering 300 “after-school kits” filled with school supplies, personal care items and healthy snacks.

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October23Tuesday

Cold & Flu Crew Lends a Helping Hand

Portland, OR

RA50 kicked things off in Portland by making a special delivery to the Oregon Food Bank headquarters, which distributes donated food to 20 regional food banks, who then distributes the food to more than 900 programs and agencies throughout Oregon and Clark County area.

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October26Friday

DowellGroup Sends Care Packages to Troops In Afghanistan

Camp Hill, PA

The DowellGroup worked with students, faculty and parents of Eisenhower Elementary School in Camp Hill, PA, to prepare care packages for our troops in Afghanistan.

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October21Sunday

Rite Aid Shows Community They Are More Than “Just A Store”

Jersey City, NJ

A group of Rite Aid associates participated in the Breast Cancer Walk in Jersey City, N.J. Associates raised over $1,000, and had a great time interacting with their community and showing them they are more than just a store.

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October21Sunday

Rite Aid Associates “Make Strides” Towards The Fight Against Breast Cancer

Providence, RI

More than 15 Rite Aid associates from Rode Island participated in the American Cancer Society’s 2012 “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” event on Sunday, Oct. 21. The team raised $1,375, all of which will be donated to the American Cancer Society to help with their efforts.

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October20Saturday

Walking for HOPE

Sulphur, LA

Sulphur, LA, Rite Aid associates, family, and friends participated in The Ethel Precht Breast Cancer 3k Walk in October 2012. The walk is an annual celebration of breast cancer survivors, as well as a fundraiser to benefit local residents undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

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October20Saturday

Rite Aid Associates Walk To End Alzheimer’s

Fresno, CA

A group of Rite Aid associates made a pledge to take the first steps toward a world without Alzheimer’s disease.

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October20Saturday

Black Tie Event Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Hershey, PA

A black tie event to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter, was held on Saturday, October 20, 2012. The DowellGroup donated five gift baskets with a combined value of $700 for the evening’s silent auction.

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October16Tuesday

Rite Aid Brightens Day for Beaumont Children’s Hospital Families

Detroit, MI

Rite Aid Brightens Day for Beaumont Children's Hospital Families
We ended our RA50 tour of Detroit at Beaumont Children’s Hospital, a research and teaching hospital that meets the needs of more than 100,000 infants, children and teens. We are grateful to have a pantry named after us to in honor of Rite Aid’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospital donations: the Rite Aid Family Pantry.

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October16Saturday

Rite Aid Associates Support Children’s Hospital Orange County

Santa Ana, CA

Rite Aid associates helped bring smiles to the faces of children undergoing medical treatment at Children’s Hospital Orange County on Oct. 16, 2012. Members pitched in to hire Merlin the Magician to help entertain patients during the event.

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October16Tuesday

Healthy and Happy Start for New Families in Detroit

Detroit, MI

We were excited to take our anniversary celebration to the Matrix Family Health Center in Detroit. We partnered with the Detroit Health Start program to deliver 10 cribs filled with baby care essentials and 100 New Family Kits stocked with baby supplies.

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October15Monday

Building Self-Esteem for Detroit Youth

Detroit, MI

Our next stop was to visit a longtime friend of The Rite Aid Foundation, the Boys Hope Girls Hope Homes of Detroit. Every BHGH Home has its own personality, and this home was no exception as it serves youth who have big dreams and undeniable character.

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October15Monday

Rite Aid Helps S.A.Y Family Clinic Keep Detroit Healthy

Detroit, MI

We were excited for our next stop to the Super All Year Project Family Health Clinic of Detroit. S.A.Y is the nation’s first 24/7 health clinic devoted solely to helping homeless children and their mothers founded by author and philanthropist, Mitch Album. They also provide maintenance and preventative healthcare for the uninsured and underinsured.

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October15Monday

Cold & Flu Crew Visits Detroit Daycares

Detroit, MI

RA50 kicked off in Detroit by helping Head Start Daycare Programs get healthy. We visited three of these programs in the area that provide daycare for children of low-income families. We stopped at both Vista Nuevas Head Start Centers, where our Cold & Flu Crew helped “flu proof” the facility.

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October14Sunday

Rite Aid Associates Participate in Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes for American Diabetes Association

San Mateo, CA

Rite Aid associates from San Mateo, CA participated in American Diabetes Association’s Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes . They raised over $2,000 to support prevention, research, advocacy and public awareness of diabetes.

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October14Sunday

Rite Aid Associates Raise More Than $2,000 For The American Cancer Society

Jamestown, NY

On Sunday, Oct. 14, Rite Aid associates, family and friends in Eden, NY, participated in the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk. The team raised more than $2,000 and had a great time walking the three mile course through beautiful Jamestown, NY.

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October13Saturday

Three Rite Aid Associates Reach Out To Local Community

Fayetteville, NY

Wellness Ambassadors Amanda Ross and Natalie Nardone, along with Pharmacist Nicole Bulmer, participated in the American Diabetes Association “Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes” in Fayetteville, New York on Oct. 13, 2012. Rite Aid was a sponsor of the event because of a grant Amanda obtained from The Rite Aid Foundation.

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October13Saturday

Lancaster Rite Aid Associates Lend a Helping Hand to Benefit the Children’s Center of Antelope Valley

Lancaster, CA

On Oct. 13, 2012, Rite Aid associates in Lancaster held their first of many scheduled community RA50 Acts of Wellness by volunteering to help organize the 1st Annual Harvest Festival in Leona Valley, CA.

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