Donor Spotlight

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Panera Bread Delivers Sweetness and Hope 

There is something for everyone at Panera Bread—including a piece of hope. 

Every April, in honor of National Autism Awareness Month, 28 local Panera Bread locations support our Kelly O’Leary Center for Autism by selling Pieces of Hope cookies.

“This is our largest company-wide initiative, and its positive impact means the world to our Covelli family,” says Sam Covelli, owner and operator of local Panera cafes. “We know the autism community has faced many challenges over the past year due to financial burdens, navigating virtual learning and much more. We’re humbled to be able to give back—and we’re proud to partner with Cincinnati Children’s to support the work they do.”

When Panera first opened their doors, they prioritized connecting and supporting local communities, and they continue to embark on this journey today. Through their partnership with the hospital, they’ve raised nearly $100,000 over the last 10 years. 

Our local franchises currently collect Community Breadbox donations at registers to raise additional funds for Cincinnati Children’s. A little truly goes a long way, and all proceeds come back to the medical center to improve care for kids. 

Panera is more than a restaurant — they are a valuable member of every community they serve. Throughout the years, they’ve supplied food to several divisions across the hospital—providing healthy and balanced meals to our patients and families.

But their support doesn’t stop there. Each year, Panera delivers coupons for our team members to celebrate special occasions such as National Nurses’ Week and our employee donors. 

We’re so grateful to Panera Bread for partnering with us as we create a supportive — and sweet — community for our patients, families and employees.

Past Donor Spotlights

Patient enjoys a milkshake.When a favorite local restaurant wanted to support kids in our care, they thought of the sweetest way possible. 

Since August 2019, Gold Star has raised nearly $11,000 with their “Milkshakes for Children’s Sake” program. When you purchase one of their delectable, handcrafted milkshakes from any of their Cincinnati locations, a portion of the proceeds is donated to support our work. 

Gold Star’s support benefits our most pressing needs so that kids right in our backyard can grow up stronger and healthier.

For the last 20 years, Gold Star has been a great partner of ours with donations totaling more than $300,000. Milkshakes for Children’s Sake is a newer campaign that is churning up excitement—and critical funding during a difficult time.

“At Gold Star, our vision has not changed,” says Gold Star President and CEO, Roger David. “We strive to live in a more hospitable world. We see our partnership with Cincinnati Children’s as a great way to help our extended family – the neighborhoods we serve – in what can be some of their most trying times. Together, we can ensure the hospital has the resources it needs to continue to provide best-in-the-nation care to their children.”

We are so grateful to Gold Star for partnering with Cincinnati Children’s in this important work.

Donor spotlight.

When COVID-19 started spreading through the world and our region, many of us felt fear. That fear was amplified ten-fold for the parents of medically fragile kids whose families turn to Cincinnati Children’s for hope and healing. And when we needed it most, Jergens® Skin Care was there to help.

Thanks to our friends at Jergens, all online gifts made in May and June were matched. Their generosity benefitted our Charitable Care Fund—providing financial support to working families with overwhelming medical bills due to the multi-faceted care their child needs. This is critical because we saw a 350% rise of families in need of assistance since the pandemic has started.

During the spring, Jergens also provided comforting personal care products for our families and caregivers as they navigated hospital stays during this uncertain time.

“Jergens® Skin Care has been providing comfort to families for generations, and we’re honored to support the meaningful work of Cincinnati Children’s, and the care they bring to children daily,” explains Stephanie Kimuts, Senior Brand Manager. “They provide families with unmatched support and it is heartwarming to know our products helped soothe chapped hands for holding and high-fiving. As a Cincinnati neighbor, we take pride in supporting Cincinnati Children’s and our local community.”

We are so grateful to Jergens for partnering with Cincinnati Children’s in this important work.

Kids read as part of literacy program at Cincinnati Children's.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” – Dr. Seuss

It turns out Dr. Seuss belongs in the doctor’s office as much as he does the library. Recent research into child literacy continues to show the importance of regular parent child reading in the early years. This time together promotes brain development and helps prepare young children for success in school.

And thanks to generous support from PNC Grow Up Great®, we’ve been able to implement a number of early reading initiatives, including our Prescription for Reading program. Through the Prescription for Reading program, doctors take advantage of a child’s regular check-up visits to teach parents about the importance of reading and early literacy development. The program also provides families with free children’s books.

"PNC has been a long-standing supporter of Cincinnati Children’s and the important work they do, especially in the community health and literacy sector,” said Kay Geiger, PNC regional president for Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. “It was a natural fit to continue our relationship by coming together in support of their Prescription for Reading program.”

Thanks to PNC, we now have special Literacy Nooks in three primary care waiting rooms – providing patients with a physical reminder of the importance of reading that is then reinforced by their doctor. PNC Bank employees will also have the opportunity to volunteer to read to children in these spaces and distribute books during pediatric visits.

Since 2004, PNC Grow Up Great® has been helping children, especially underserved children, beyond the classroom by supporting learning and social-emotional development at home and across communities through free resources and tools provided to parents, guardians, caregivers and neighborhood organizations.

We are so grateful to PNC for partnering with Cincinnati Children’s in this important work.

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