LEBANON â€” Childrenâ€™s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) will be one of five New England pediatric hospitals to benefit from Cumberland Farmsâ€™ Cups for Kids fundraiser, which will run through the month of August.
Maria Carrasquero, a spokesperson for the national convenience store retailer Cumberland Farms, announced the start of the companyâ€™s 8th annual fundraiser Cups for Kids yesterday. The company will donate five cents of every iced coffee purchase in Vermont or New Hampshire Cumberland Farms to CHaD. The hospital named 9-year-old Andrew Pearse, of Plainfield, as its recipient.
Pierce spent 29 days of his infancy at the intensive care nursery at CHaD, due to his early and unexpected birth at 33 weeks, which is seven weeks premature. Carrasquero said that through personal perseverance and care received from CHaD, Pierce is happy and active today, and participates in acting and sports.
â€œWe are grateful for our long-term partnership with Cumberland Farms,â€ says Kristin LaFromboise, CHaD community programs manager. â€œTheir generosity helps the programs that provide vital support to our patients and their families, including our CHaD Family Center, child life services and our injury prevention program.â€
On July 26, CHaD reported receiving a donation of $25,000 from Dunkinâ€™ Donuts, courtesy of a similar fundraiser, Dunkinâ€™ Iced Coffee Day, on May 22.
Gwen Forman, senior vice president of marketing at Cumberland Farms, said that the Cups for Kids fundraiser has raised over $800,000 in donations to partnering hospitals since the fundraiserâ€™s inception.