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As a Neighbor of Choice, our various divisions support community and charitable initiatives that are important to customers and Associates through numerous in-store fund-raising programs and community partnerships. In addition to the great work being done by The TJX Foundation and at our offices and distribution locations, our stores focus their fund-raising and awareness campaigns on organizations that help children, women and families, aid education, assist the disadvantaged and sick, and help to prevent domestic violence. Thanks to the dedication and passion of our Associates and customers, we have raised substantial funds and awareness for many important organizations and causes. As a Company, we are constantly searching for new ways to give back and are proud of our collective efforts.
In the U.S.
At T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, we believe doing business responsibly means working with our Associates and customers to create value in the communities we serve.
T.J. Maxx works to enrich communities and improve lives through in-store fund-raising programs, local store support of community events and corporate donations to our longstanding, nonprofit partners. Beginning in 1984, T.J. Maxx and Save the Children have worked together to provide early education, literacy, nutrition and physical fitness programs to children in the poorest, rural communities within the U.S. This partnership began with the sponsorship of 113 children and, with each new T.J. Maxx store sponsoring a child, has grown to include support for over 1,000 U.S. children. Through in-store fund-raising, T.J. Maxx also supports Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to research in the causes, treatment and prevention of autism, and the Joslin Diabetes Center, the world's largest diabetes research center, diabetes clinic and provider of diabetes education.
At Marshalls, we are proud to help raise funds and awareness for many charitable organizations that help to improve the lives of those in need. Marshalls has been committed to generating awareness for the prevention of domestic violence for two decades. During the month of October, designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Marshalls makes a donation to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
Additionally, for the past 17 years, Marshalls has partnered with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) through an annual in-store fundraiser, donations from The TJX Foundation, and store support of local JDRF chapters. These combined donations support JDRF’s mission to find a cure for diabetes. Marshalls also supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the nation's leading pediatric and research center devoted solely to children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases, by participating in its annual Thanks and Giving campaign.
At HomeGoods, we care about the families we serve and have focused our charitable mission in an area that meaningfully impacts the lives of so many customers – helping families fight cancer. Together, HomeGoods Associates and customers have championed this mission for many years, and we actively direct our fund-raising efforts toward this common goal. HomeGoods proudly partners with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, both leading cancer research and treatment centers. HomeGoods participates in St. Jude’s annual Thanks and Giving campaign, raising funds and awareness for St. Jude’s lifesaving work to find cures and save children in communities everywhere. In support of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund, HomeGoods holds its annual in-store fund-raising campaign, participates in the annual Jimmy Fund Walk, and sponsors other Jimmy Fund programs.
Winners and HomeSense believe in enriching the lives of women and children in our communities. We proudly support the Canadian Women's Foundation, an organization committed to ending violence against women, moving low-income women out of poverty and empowering girls with confidence. For the past nine years, our Associates’ and customers’ efforts have raised funds to support the needs of 450 shelters and over 30,000 women and children in Canada.
Winners and HomeSense are also proud supporters of the Sunshine Foundation of Canada: Dreams for Kids annual campaign. This is a national Canadian charity that grants wishes in response to the individual dreams of children with severe physical disabilities and life-threatening illnesses. For over a decade, Winners and HomeSense customers and Associates have helped to raise millions of dollars to make these children’s dreams a reality. In 2012, Winners and HomeSense sponsored the Sunshine DreamLift, which took 80 Sunshine kids to Disney World.
Winners is also a long-time supporter of the Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope, an annual fund-raising walk dedicated to providing support, education and research for ovarian cancer.
Marshalls, in Canada, believes in supporting families, so they may raise happy and healthy kids in our communities. To accomplish this, Marshalls supports Kids Help Phone, Canada’s only phone and online counseling service for youth. Professional counselors are available any time of the day or night, 365 days a year, to help young people deal with concerns, large or small.
TJX Canada also supports Look Good Feel Better, an organization dedicated to helping improve the self-image, appearance and quality of life of people undergoing cancer treatment.
TJX Europe’s community programs aim to support children to fulfill their potential through education, health and economic partnerships. To that end, we choose community partners that support children suffering from life-threatening illnesses and disabilities, as well as children and families living in poverty by providing them with educational and economic opportunities.
Since 2004, T.K. Maxx and HomeSense in the U.K. have raised significant funds in support of long-term partners Cancer Research U.K. and Comic Relief. The funds raised for Cancer Research U.K. are dedicated to the prevention, treatment and research for a cure for children’s cancer. We support this partnership through the U.K.’s biggest clothing collection campaign, with Associates and customers donating over 120,000 bags of clothing in 2012. The funds raised for Comic Relief help people fight poverty and social injustice in the U.K. and Africa. Over the last eight years, we have helped raise significant funds for Comic Relief U.K.’s much-loved fund-raising campaign, Red Nose Day. We have done this through amazing Associate fund-raising efforts, customer donations, and the sale of over one million t-shirts.
In addition to these partners, our T.K. Maxx stores in other geographies support local organizations. In Ireland, we support long-time charitable partner Enable Ireland, which helps children with disabilities live their lives to their fullest potential. German stores and Associates support Children for a Better World, a charity dedicated to fighting child poverty and hunger, by supporting local organizations that provide care, a hot meal and activities for the most disadvantaged children and young people in Germany. In 2012, over 50,000 meals were provided to children across Germany. In Poland, T.K. Maxx Associates and customers voted to select a number of their favorite local charities and support these causes through sales of Bags for Life, Christmas merchandise sales and donations.
Through awareness campaigns, merchandise sales and raising funds, HomeSense stores support Action for Children, a group that serves disadvantaged and vulnerable children in approximately 50 local programs in our stores’ communities.
The Uganda Community Project is a TJX Europe corporate partnership with Save the Children to provide educational opportunities in communities that have been severely affected by years of war. Over the past four years, the partnership has built 12 classrooms, provided access to clean water, trained teachers and planted school gardens to provide fresh food for school lunches. This program has helped approximately 10,000 children to access primary schooling in 12 communities, increasing the proportion of children accessing education in these areas from just over 50% to over 90%. TJX Europe has extended its support to sourcing products from these communities with the aim of helping to support long-term social and economic improvement.