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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 fundraising programs and community initiatives. In addition to the great work being done by The TJX Foundation and at our offices and distribution locations, our stores focus their fundraising 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 continually searching for new ways to give back and are proud of our collective efforts.
In the U.S.
T.J. Maxx works to enrich communities and improve lives through both national and local efforts. Much of our support focuses on creating lasting change in children’s lives by supporting nutrition and health, childhood development and educational programs.
While T.J. Maxx sponsors many organizations across the U.S., one of our most meaningful charitable relationships is with Save the Children. Today, one in four American children lives in poverty, having to go without simple, yet critical necessities like healthy food, books, and safe places to play and exercise. For 30 years, we have partnered with Save the Children programs in the U.S. to help children in need. Our program began in 1984 with the sponsorship of 113 children living in the poorest rural communities in the U.S. and has grown to more than 1,000 children today, with every T.J. Maxx store and corporate department sponsoring a child. In 1999, we began selling Save the Children t-shirts, educational toys and school supplies as part of our fundraising efforts. Through our in-store fundraising, corporate sponsorships and donations of proceeds from Save the Children merchandise sales, we are proud to help children get a successful start in life by supporting nutrition, literacy and physical activity programs.
At Marshalls, we believe doing business responsibly means working with our Associates and customers to create value in the communities we serve. We help raise funds and awareness for many charitable organizations that work to improve people’s lives. For more than 25 years, Marshalls has been particularly committed to our partnership with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to improve the lives of children and adults living with Type 1 diabetes and to support JDRF’s search for a cure for diabetes. Through in-store fundraising and awareness campaigns, walk teams nationwide, and support of JDRF events, we’re helping to fund exciting new research and support programs to help people with Type 1 diabetes manage their disease.
We are also committed to helping victims of domestic violence. In addition to our corporate awareness program that helps Associates and customers understand the signs of abuse, Marshalls makes an annual donation to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, which provides 24/7 lifesaving tools and support to enable victims to find safety and live their lives free from abuse. Marshalls also supports TJX’s global corporate partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association and has conducted an in-store fundraising and awareness campaign in 2013 and 2014, focused on increasing Alzheimer’s education and financial support for research and care programs.
At HomeGoods, we care about the families we serve and have focused our charitable efforts in an area that meaningfully impacts the lives of so many customers – helping families fight cancer. HomeGoods Associates throughout the organization are passionate about our charity partners and have championed our mission for many years. We take pride in actively directing our fundraising efforts in this manner towards 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. We participate in St. Jude’s annual Thanks and Giving campaign, raising funds and awareness for St. Jude’s lifesaving work, and also sell holiday-themed water globes developed exclusively to raise money for St. Jude. In support of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, HomeGoods also holds an annual in-store fundraising campaign and sells reusable bags with patient-designed artwork.
At Sierra Trading Post, we focus our charitable giving at the local level, where we believe we can have an important impact in the communities where we live and work. We support organizations that help children, women and families, assist the disadvantaged, and support economic development. Given our small store base, our charitable giving is direct from the Company, rather than derived from in-store fundraising. Additionally, we have a structured in-kind donation program whereby we donate some returns, if they are in excellent condition, to local shelters. Some of our merchandise donations are sold in thrift shops to support community programs and others are given to families in need by the charities that we support.
At TJX Canada, Winners and HomeSense have long partnered with organizations to help enrich the lives of women and children in communities where our stores are located. 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 ten 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 2013, Winners and HomeSense sponsored the Sunshine DreamLift, which took 80 Sunshine kids to Disney World.
Marshalls, in Canada, believes in supporting families, so they may raise happy and healthy kids in our communities. We work to accomplish this by supporting the Kids Help Phone, a phone and online counseling service for Canadian 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. Marshalls is also a proud sponsor of CTV’s Toy Mountain, an annual toy drive in support of the Salvation Army. In addition to making a cash contribution and an in-kind donation to the Salvation Army, Marshalls stores in the Greater Toronto area serve as official toy drop-off locations.
TJX Europe’s community programs aim to create a lasting, positive impact in the communities we serve by helping vulnerable children and young people achieve their potential.
Since 2004, T.K. Maxx and HomeSense in the U.K. and Ireland, together with our customers, have raised significant funds in support of long-term partner Cancer Research U.K., which is dedicated to the research, prevention, and treatment of children’s cancers. Our support includes the “Give Up Clothes for Good” program, the U.K.’s biggest clothing collection campaign. This initiative allows people to donate gently worn clothes, which are then sold by charities to raise funds. With Associates and customers donating hundreds of thousands of bags of clothing in 2013, we’ve been able to have a tremendous impact on Cancer Research U.K. and are their largest corporate funder of research into childhood cancer.
We are equally proud of our partnership with Comic Relief, a charity that helps children and families suffering from poverty and social injustice in the U.K. and Africa. Since 2005, our Associates and customers have worked together to help raise significant funds for Comic Relief U.K.’s much-loved fundraising campaign, Red Nose Day. As the official
t-shirt retailer for the campaign, T.K. Maxx U.K. is proud to work with well-known designers and celebrities to market a unique line of 100% Fair Trade organic cotton t-shirts. In 2013, HomeSense supported Comic Relief by marketing a special homeware selection designed for the charity. Through our support of Red Nose Day, Associate fundraising, customer donations, and the sale of t-shirts and homeware, we have raised meaningful funds for Comic Relief over the years.
Our T.K. Maxx stores in other geographies support organizations that they are passionate about. In Ireland, through a local “Give Up Clothes for Good” program, we’ve raised meaningful funds for Enable Ireland, which helps support children and young people with disabilities live their lives to the fullest. In Germany, we support Children for a Better World, a charity that helps to provide children with healthy food and school lunches so that they can focus on their school work, thereby helping them to achieve their full potential. Since 2010, our fundraising efforts and sales of Bags for Life and Christmas cards have provided funding through this organization for over 150,000 meals for disadvantaged children across Germany. In Poland, T.K. Maxx supports 13 local charities that help causes including supporting disadvantaged young people, fighting children’s cancer, improving health and working to reduce homelessness.
Our HomeSense stores partner with local Action for Children projects, which work to help disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people through approximately 50 local programs in our stores’ communities. HomeSense and its customers have raised important funds since 2010 through in-store fundraising and sales of holiday ornaments.
For several years, TJX Europe has worked with Save the Children and other charities in Uganda to provide educational opportunities for children, which has helped about 10,000 children from 12 communities gain access to primary schooling. TJX Europe has now directed some of its support to source limited products from these Ugandan communities with the aim of helping to support long-term social and economic improvement.