Spokane, WA – In March, Jersey Mike’s Subs celebrated its annual “Month of Giving,” raising money for charities nationwide. Locally, a percentage all sales were donated to Providence Health Care Foundation to support the Arts in Healing program at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. This year, the two Spokane Jersey Mike’s locations raised a record total of $21,012.
"We are so proud and privileged to be able to support our community with the help of our amazing customers," said Jeff Gates, franchise owner.
The Arts in Healing program provides young patients with creative therapies including visual art, writing, music and dance. Research shows these therapies can shorten hospital stays, reduce the need for pain management, and ease stress and anxiety. The program has served more than 13,000 patients and their families over the past decade.
“Arts in Healing makes a profound difference in the lives of our patients and their families,” said Ann Walker, Arts in Healing coordinator. “Being creative is a proven way for kids to express and communicate the difficult emotions that go along with illness and hospitalization. There have been many times that parents have said the first time they have seen their child smile while in the hospital is when they are getting creative,” said Walker.
The “Month of Giving” fundraising campaign culminated on March 31 with the “Day of Giving,” where 100 percent of all sales – not just profits – are donated to a charity selected by local franchise managers. Since launching its partnership with Providence Health Care Foundation in 2016, Jersey Mike’s Subs has raised more than $70,000 for programs at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital and Providence Pediatric Clinics.
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