Donations made to Fred Meyer coin boxes top $700,000 - KPTV - FOX 12

Donations made to Fred Meyer coin boxes top $700,000

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Fred Meyer customers and employees donated more than $700,000 in just a five-month span to military programs and cancer prevention research.

The money was dropped in coin boxes located at Fred Meyer check stands from May 20, 2012 to Nov. 3, 2012 in Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Idaho.

Employees also chose to combine their quarterly donations to Fred Meyer's corporate foundation, the Fred Meyer Fund, with the coin box donations.

Donations of $355,000 were made for the military programs and $363,000 will go toward cancer prevention programs.

Programs in Portland and southwest Washington will receive more than $300,000.

The local USO chapter, along with Operation Homefront, will each receive more than $72,000.

More than $94,000 will go toward the Providence Cancer Center of Portland, with another $48,000 going to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Oregon and Southwest Washington and $18,410 pledged to the Salmon Creek Hospital Foundation.

Fred Meyer has had coin boxes at its check stands for almost 15 years.

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