Friday, January 11, 2013

Kroger customers donate $10,000 to effort aimed at fighting cancer

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JoAnne Poindexter

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When Kroger asked customers in its mid-Atlantic region to help fight cancer, customers at the 122 stores responded by giving more than $10,000.

The grocery chain placed coin boxes at the checkout lanes and asked customers to donate their change.

"We are delighted at the response, which reflects the giving nature of our customers and their commitment to their family and friends," Allison McGee, spokeswoman for Kroger, said in a news release.

Shoppers in the Roanoke Valley gave $2,695.73.

The chain, in partnership with key suppliers, committed $3 million in donations for local breast cancer initiatives across the country to support Breast Cancer Awareness in October.

During the past six years, Kroger has donated more than $21 million to support breast cancer research, education and services.

Kroger's mid-Atlantic region operates stores in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and the eastern portions of Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio from its headquarters in Roanoke.

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Navy Seaman Teeranie Thomas recently completed basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.

She is the daughter of Tabatha and Eugene Thomas of New Castle.

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Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Harold Henderson has graduated from the nuclear power school at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, S.C.

The six-month course trains officers and enlisted students in the science and engineering fundamental to the

design, operation and maintenance of naval nuclear propulsion plants.

Henderson is the son of Elaine Henderson of Roanoke and a 2007 graduate of William Fleming High School.

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Three Roanoke Valley charities have received donations from Roanoke Oil Distributors, local distributor of BP gasoline.

Roanoke Oil Distributors in northeast Roanoke received $6,500 through the BP Fueling Communities Grant program to give to charities. The funds were based on the performance of the BP stores the distributor supplies.

Saint Francis Service Dogs received $2,000 and will use the donation to train service dogs to assist children and adults with disabilities.

The Local Office on Aging received $2,000 that will be used for its Meals on Wheels program.

The United Way of Roanoke Valley received $2,500 for its programs.

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