Dunkin’ Iced Coffee Day raises $1.8 million nationwide to support children’s hospitals
Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation’s summer grant cycle supports health and hunger relief nationwide
ALBANY, NY – Today, the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation announced that $41,000 is being awarded to three Capital Region non-profits through its recent Iced Coffee Day and July of Joy summer grant cycle initiatives, including: the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Med; the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, Inc. in Ballston Spa; and the Franklin Community Center, Inc. in Saratoga Springs.
This past May, the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation called on America to sip from their hearts on Dunkin’ Iced Coffee Day and help bring joy to kids in local hospitals across the country. Today, Dunkin’ franchisees in Albany announced that $20,000 will be granted locally to the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Med through the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation. Thanks to support from guests nationwide, Dunkin’ Iced Coffee Day collectively raised $1.8 million to support kids in children’s hospitals throughout the country.
The Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital treats all patients, regardless of their family’s ability to pay, and this grant will help sustain the hospital’s programs and services.
“We are very grateful for the generosity of Dunkin’ and its customers as they continue to support our pediatric teams, as well as our patients and their families,” said Barbara Ostrov, MD, Chief of Service at the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Med. “The support we receive helps us to provide high-quality care to our region’s children.”
The Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation also announced today that an additional $10,000 is being granted to the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital to bring further health relief to kids in Albany, as well as $6,000 to the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, Inc. and $5,000 to the Franklin Community Center, Inc. to bring hunger relief to kids in the Capital Region. This month, the Foundation celebrates its July of Joy summer grant cycle, which includes $894,000 in grants to 86 health and hunger relief-based non-profits nationwide.
With this grant, the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital will be able to purchase multisensory equipment, which helps children with multisensory disorders manage stress and discomfort by creating a sanctuary where they can control, manipulate or reduce stimulation. The Community Foundation of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. will use its grant to provide nutritious weekend meals for students who may otherwise go without through Scottie’s Backpack Program at the Ballston Spa Central School District, and the Franklin Community Center, Inc. will use its funds to provide monthly assistance packages to its clients which include food items, hygiene products, laundry products, baking supplies, pet food and household cleaning supplies.
“When children are faced with extreme hardship like battling a severe illness, it robs them of the joys of childhood. It was amazing to see the outpouring of support from our guests on Iced Coffee Day to help make a difference for these kids,” said Kevin Wright, Capital Region Dunkin’ Franchisee. “As Dunkin’ franchisees, it is so important for us to give back to the communities we serve and show them we are here to keep them running beyond their daily Dunkin’ run, and the additional July of Joy grant from Dunkin’s Joy in Childhood Foundation will only further our commitment to children in the community. We are thrilled to support our local hospital and non-profit partners throughout the Capital Region.”
Since its inception in 2006, the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation has granted more than $40 million to national and local nonprofits.
To learn more about the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation, visit www.bringjoy.org and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced regular/decaf/flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category for 16 years running. The company has more than 12,600 restaurants in 40 countries worldwide. Dunkin’ is part of the Inspire Brands family of restaurants. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.
About the Dunkin’® Joy in Childhood Foundation®
The Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation, the charitable foundation supported by Dunkin’, provides the simple joys of childhood to kids battling hunger or illness. The Foundation partners with food banks, children’s hospitals and nonprofit organizations to fund joyful environments and joyful experiences for kids when they need it most. Since 2006, the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation has granted more than $37 million to hundreds of national and local charities across the country thanks to the generosity of its franchisees, guests, vendor partners and employees. For more information, please visit www.bringjoy.org.