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Smart & Final Charitable Foundation Raising Funds To Support Olive Crest

Smart & Final Charitable Foundation

Commerce, California-based Smart & Final has begun its annual in-store fundraiser for Olive Crest, an organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and treating and educating at-risk children. From now until July 7, customers at every Smart & Final location can donate, with all proceeds going directly to Olive Crest, in order to benefit at-risk and neglected children.

This year, customers who donate at least $5 will receive a $5 off $25 coupon good for their next in store purchase at Smart & Final between July 8-14.

“During these challenging times, our partnership with Olive Crest to support kids and provide them loving homes takes on a whole new level of importance,” said Deb Bell-Versluis, director of the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation. “This is why we’re offering a $5 off $25 bounceback coupon when a customer donates at least $5, provided and paid for by Smart & Final, so that every penny can go toward putting smiles on the faces of Olive Crest kids.”

Olive Crest provides services to more than 24,000 children and families each year, including providing loving homes, counseling and education for them and their families. A decade-long supporter of the organization, the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation provides cash donations and gift cards to Olive Crest each year, with last year’s mobile campaign raising $465,000.

“We are very grateful for Smart & Final’s partnership, especially during this difficult time,” said Rhonda Tagge, national director of Olive Crest. “Our children are suffering even more with the COVID-19 quarantine. With no school or childcare centers, hospitals are reporting record highs for child abuse. Schools are a safe place for kids; they get food, they get people they can talk to, and during this time they’re unable to get either. We appreciate Smart & Final’s support more than ever. We thank them so much for being a champion for our kiddos.”

The Smart & Final Charitable Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life and nourishing the communities Smart & Final serves. The foundation aids nonprofit organizations with a focus on hunger relief, health and wellness, team sports and youth development, education and disaster relief. In 2019, the foundation raised $1.8 million to support nearly 3,000 causes with the help of Smart & Final customers and store associates.

The company also recently spoke out against racial injustice and made a donation of $100,000 to the educational arm of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. See story here.

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