Providing real value is at the heart of everything we do at TJX, and that includes supporting organizations that deliver services to families and children when they are facing life-threatening illnesses, including funds aimed at spurring advancements in cures and care. Our Associates, our customers, and their families often have a personal connection to a health-related cause and are eager to participate in volunteer opportunities and join in fundraising efforts that help affected individuals and families.
For over 25 years, Marshalls has partnered with JDRF to improve the lives of children and adults living with type 1 diabetes and to support JDRF's search to find a cure. Through an annual in-store fundraising campaign, walk teams, and support of other local JDRF events, we are helping to fund exciting new research and support programs. We are proud to have been named an Elite Corporate Partner for the past eight years, helping to fund research that may one day eliminate this devastating disease. Marshalls has also raised funds and awareness through in-store fundraising programs to benefit the Alzheimer's Association and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
HomeGoods has also partnered with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital since 2010 and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute since 2001, both leading cancer research and treatment centers. In our stores, we participate in St. Jude's annual Thanks and Giving campaign, raising funds and awareness to support St. Jude's mission to advance cures for pediatric cancer. We support Dana-Farber through the sale of patient-designed reusable bags and in-store fundraising. Read more about this program in our Making a Difference section below.
Over the years, T.K. Maxx has raised millions for Cancer Research U.K. for children and young people to help fight childhood cancer through research, prevention, and treatment. In 2019, our support included cause marketing and in-store fundraising campaigns, as well as the Give Up Clothes for Good campaign. With stars from the U.K. fashion, television, and entertainment industries setting an example, this initiative rallies people across the U.K. to drop off their high-quality, used clothes, accessories, and homeware at our stores for donation to Cancer Research U.K. The items are then sold at Cancer Research U.K. thrift shops to raise funds. Since it began in 2004, the Give Up Clothes for Good campaign has raised nearly $44 million for Cancer Research U.K. for Children and Young People. And as an added benefit, the program promotes the reuse of clothing and other items. Over the past 15+ years, over 1.6 million bags of clothing and household goods have been collected. Today, T.K. Maxx is the biggest corporate supporter of Cancer Research U.K.'s research into children's cancers, helping fund new and exciting research with a goal of helping children and young people survive cancer.
Similar to our relationship with Cancer Research U.K. for Children and Young People, T.K. Maxx and Homesense in the U.K. have been strong supporters of Comic Relief for many years. Comic Relief provides funding and services for children and families impacted by poverty and social injustice in the U.K. and the world’s poorest countries, including a focus on healthcare services that help children survive and thrive and that provide mental health care. Since 2005, our Associates, along with the generous support of our customers, have raised tens of millions of dollars for Comic Relief U.K.'s much-loved fundraising campaign, "Red Nose Day."