NEWS | August 24, 2020

Costco to raise funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital during annual Miracle Balloon Campaign

September is this year’s Month of Miracles at local Costco stores

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Beginning Sept. 1, Children’s Miracle Network Hospital’s biggest partner in hope will once again give shoppers the opportunity to purchase a Miracle Balloon in support of children treated at UC Davis Children’s Hospital. May is typically the month for miracles at Costco, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced the Children’s Miracle Network campaign to be postponed to September.

The annual CMN Costco Campaign runs from September 1-30. The annual CMN Costco Campaign runs from September 1-30.

All month long, shoppers will be invited to donate at checkout. A total of 19 Costco locations from Redding to Tracy will raise money in support of UC Davis Children’s Hospital. All funds raised locally stay local to support a full range of children's services including research, education and clinical care.

Each of the Miracle Balloons purchased will be displayed at the front of the warehouse during September. In addition to the small Miracle Balloons, individual and corporate members can purchase a six-foot Miracle Balloon for $250, $500 or more that will feature an individual’s name or business name. Other creative fundraising activities increase the fundraising total.

“We are so grateful to Costco for moving forward with this campaign,” said Jacquelyn Miller, executive director of development at UC Davis Children’s Hospital. “Even with the pandemic, this amazing partner remains committed to our pediatric patients because they know kids can’t wait. Not for a vaccine. Not for a cure. Not for the economy to rebound. Kids need life-saving treatment now. The Costco campaign plays a huge role in ensuring our patients continue to get the care they need.”

Costco participates in a month-long Miracle Balloon Campaign at all warehouses in the United States and Canada. The annual Miracle Balloon Campaign is the primary source of the fundraising effort made by Costco and its partnership with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Costco Wholesale has raised more than $240 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals since 1988. Currently, more than 600 Costco locations participate in this fundraising campaign for their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital.

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital providing care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical care. It includes the Central Valley's only pediatric emergency department and level I pediatric trauma center, which offers the highest level of care for its critically ill patients, as well as a level I children’s surgery center. The 129-bed children's hospital includes the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiac intensive care units. For more information, visit children.ucdavis.edu.