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Stewart's Shops' Holiday Match tops $1.28M

ELIZABETHTOWN - Stewart's Shops' Holiday Match program completed its 24th year of collecting donations for local children's charities with a record dollar amount.

The company announces that Stewart's customers contributed $640,000. Stewart's Shops is matching that amount, with a total of $1.28 million to be distributed to local children's charitable organizations this spring.

"We are fortunate in these times to once again be able to grow Holiday Match to a record level, up about 2 percent from last year. The money will be donated back into the communities where it was collected. We thank our customers, shop partners and media partners for their loyalty and hard work," said Susan Dake, Stewart's Foundation president.

The Holiday Match program relies on customers making contributions in the 328 Stewart's Shops located in upstate New York and western Vermont from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day. Stewart's then matches the customer donations. The money raised benefits children's organizations directly within the communities where Stewart's Shops are located. There are no administrative costs and 100 percent of the funds collected and matched benefit the communities that have made this program so successful. After this year's funds are distributed, over $14.5 million will have been allocated since the program's inception in 1986.

Children's charities can still apply for funding from the Holiday Match Program. Applications are available in all Stewart's Shops or online at www.stewartsshops.com. Applications must be postmarked by Jan. 31, 2011 to be considered for funding.Visit Stewart's Shops' Web site (www.stewartsshops.com) for further information.

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