Dillard’s to Donate more than $1 million to Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) local chapters through sale of Southern Living Christmas Cookbook
LITTLE ROCK, AR – (January 24, 2014) – Dillard’s, Inc. (DDS: NYSE, “Dillard’s”) announced today that it will make a significant contribution of more than $1 million to local chapters of Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®). This donation was made possible through the sale of Dillard’s exclusive Southern Living Christmas Cookbook.
For the sixth time, Dillard’s offered a special custom edition of the Southern Living Christmas Cookbook to benefit RMHC. This exclusive, 288-page hardbound cookbook is filled with fabulous holiday recipes, color photos, menus, decorating tips and entertaining ideas.
With this year’s contribution, Dillard’s has donated more than $11.4 million to local RMHC chapters to support the Ronald McDonald House® program since 1994. “Over the past 20 years, Dillard’s has developed a strong and lasting bond with our local RMHC chapters,” said Denise Mahaffy, Vice President. “The work they do every day to bring comfort to children and families inspires us and makes the sale of the cookbooks an enormous source of pride and satisfaction.”
Every night, Ronald McDonald Houses offer comfort, care, hope and healing to more than 8,000 families of seriously ill children. And after a long day at the hospital, there is nothing more comforting than for these families to be welcomed with a home-cooked meal prepared by loving volunteers.
“The Dillard’s Southern Living Christmas Cookbook and the funds raised highlight how a good meal can provide sustenance and strength to families caring for a hospitalized child,” said J.C. Gonzalez-Mendez, president and CEO, RMHC. “We are immensely grateful for the ongoing generosity of Dillard’s and its customers. Together, we are able to give sick children the best medicine of all – their families.”
About Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Through its global network of local Chapters in 58 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Room® and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, and millions of dollars in grants to support children’s programs worldwide, RMHC provides stability and resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy. All RMHC-operated and supported programs provide a bridge to quality health care and give children and families the time they need together to heal faster and cope better. For more information about RMHC, visit www.rmhc.org, follow RMHC on Twitter (@RMHC), or like RMHC on Facebook (Facebook.com/RMHC Global).
Dillard’s, Inc. ranks among the nation’s largest fashion apparel, cosmetics and home furnishings retailers with annual revenues exceeding $6.5 billion. The Company focuses on delivering maximum fashion and value to its shoppers by offering compelling selections complemented by exceptional customer care. Dillard’s stores offer a broad selection of merchandise and feature products from both national and exclusive brand sources. The Company operates 282 Dillard’s locations and 17 clearance centers spanning 29 states plus an Internet store at www.dillards.com. For more information, visit www.dillards.com.