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Giant Food Stores and Duracell host party for Children’s Hospital patients

Face painting, games and costumed characters were part of a party for patients and their families at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital, hosted by Giant Foods Stores and Duracell. The Nov. 28 event in the hospital's Tree House Café was a celebration of Giant and Duracell's partnership with the Children's Hospital through Children's Miracle Network Hospitals®.

Throughout the holiday season, Duracell is donating 1 million batteries to CMN Hospitals across the U.S. to support the healing power of imaginative play. Penn State Health Children’s Hospital will receive about 7,500 batteries.

Giant donated the refreshments, arts and crafts for Monday's event, while Duracell donated a toy to each patient.

Party hosted by Giant and Duracell - Penn State Children's Hospital

“We are so grateful for Giant and Duracell's generous support of Penn State Health Children’s Hospital,” said Danielle Sunday, director of Children's Miracle Network Hershey. “Being in the hospital during the holidays can be especially challenging for our patients and their families, and this party certainly brightened their day. In addition, play is such an important part of a child's healing, and many of the hospital's toys require batteries. The battery donation will help us continue to provide patients with play therapy throughout the year.”

Giant, which is celebrating a 20-year partnership with CMN Hospitals, is the top corporate partner for Children's Miracle Network Hershey, raising more than $800,000 annually. Through Dec. 3, local Giant customers can help donate through its Candles for Kids Campaign. A $1 donation at the Giant checkout can help purchase life-saving equipment, family-centered programs and pediatric research at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital.

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