Children’s Hospital Receives Donation To Fund Autism Awareness Program

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Katrina Holt shared her personal story about her son, Troy, 2½, who was screened at one of the free developmental screening clinics offered by Children’s Specialized Hospital and funded by Kohl’s Cares.  (Photo courtesy of Children's Specialized Hospital)

Katrina Holt shared her personal story about her son, Troy, 2½, who was screened at one of the free developmental screening clinics offered by Children’s Specialized Hospital and funded by Kohl’s Cares. (Photo courtesy of Children’s Specialized Hospital)

STATE — Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation recently accepted a $328,132 donation from Kohl’s Cares,® which supports the Kohl’s Autism Awareness Program through Children’s Specialized Hospital.

A crowd of more than 30 community members, hospital staff and Kohl’s executives, as well as their volunteer teams, Associates in Action, gathered to celebrate the donation presentation. Katrina Holt shared her personal story about her son, Troy, 2½, who was screened at one of the free developmental screening clinics offered by Children’s Specialized Hospital and funded by Kohl’s Cares.

“I will be forever grateful for Children’s Specialized Hospital and their partnership with Kohl’s Cares,” said Katrina Holt. “It was through the free clinics that we were able to find out our little Troy needed further evaluation. With the help from the experts at Children’s Specialized, he was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. We have just started therapies and we have begun to see some improvements already.”

This year, Kohl’s Autism Awareness program will support the Children’s Specialized Hospital Autism Education Program, as well as more than 30 free developmental screening clinics. Past hospital initiatives supported through Kohl’s Cares include Children’s Specialized Hospital’s Friday Night Fever, Adaptive Aquatics, Lightning Wheels sports team and the Walk n’ Roll.

Children’s Specialized Hospital has more than 120 years of experience caring for children with special needs and is the state’s leader in autism diagnosis, treatment and research. The hospital serves children affected by brain injury, spinal cord injury, premature birth, autism, developmental delays and life-changing illnesses. Children’s Specialized Hospital has 12 sites in New Jersey and treats 20,000 children each year, making it the largest pediatric rehabilitation system in the country.

Since 2001, Kohl’s has donated more than $4.7 million to Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation.

Kohl’s commitment to Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation is made possible through the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl’s sells $5 books and plush toys, with 100 percent of net profit benefiting children’s health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. Kohl’s has raised more than $231 million through this merchandise program. In addition to the merchandise program, Kohl’s Cares features the Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program, which last year recognized more than 2,300 young volunteers with more than $400,000 in scholarships and prizes. Through Kohl’s Associates in Action volunteer program, more than 669,000 associates have donated more than 2.2 million hours of their time since 2001, and Kohl’s has donated more than $63 million to youth-focused nonprofit organizations. Kohl’s also offers fundraising gift cards for schools and youth-serving organizations. For more information, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares.


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