News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE:
 December 14, 2006
CONTACT: Tracy Pawelski
tracy.pawelski@aholdusa.com

   
TOPS & MARTIN'S SPREAD HOLIDAY CHEER WITH DONATIONS TO LOCAL SALVATION ARMY UNITS
Total donation of more than $118,000 in toys and cash contributions

Williamsville, NY - Five Salvation Army units throughout New York State will receive a special donation from TOPS Markets and Martin's Super Food Stores just in time for the holiday season. TOPS will donate a variety of children's toys valued at nearly $40,000 to make the holidays merrier for those children who need it the most. In addition, due to an overwhelming show of support by TOPS and Martin's customers, the stores' annual "Hope for the Holidays" program raised a total of $78,000 for local Salvation Army units across New York State. These customer cash donations will be distributed to the Salvation Army units in the markets where the moneys were raised and will be used to provide food, warm clothing and toys for low-income families who would otherwise go without this time of year.

"Every holiday season, our customers open their hearts with generosity and if it were not for their overwhelming support, we wouldn't be able to help those in our community most in need," said Max Henderson, Jr., executive vice president and general manager, TOPS Markets. "We thank each and every one of our customers who contributed to a program that brightens the holiday season for so many families."

Toy and check presentation events were held in Buffalo, Rochester, Batavia, Elmira and Ithaca with local TOPS/Martin's and Salvation Army representatives. The breakdown of donations by community is as follows:

Salvation Army Buffalo Area Services - $15,000 in toys and $41,600 in customer cash donations

Salvation Army Rochester Area Services - $10,000 in toys and $12,800 in customer cash donations

Salvation Army of Batavia - $ 5,000 in toys and $1,000 in customer cash donations

Salvation Army of Elmira - $5,000 in toys and $1,100 in customers cash donations

Salvation Army of Ithaca - $5,000 in toys and $500 in customer cash donations

Sponsored by TOPS Markets and Martin's Super Food Stores, "Hope for the Holidays" is an annual three-week program that ran this year from November 19th to December 9th to help brighten the holidays for needy families. The program is shopper friendly, as TOPS and Martin's customers are encouraged to help local families by using tear-off coupons located at cash registers. Customers have the option of choosing a voucher for the Food Bank and/or Salvation Army in their respective community where all monies are ultimately donated.

TOPS Markets, LLC, headquartered in Williamsville, NY, is one of four retail-operating companies under Ahold in the USA and is a division of Giant Food Stores in Carlisle, PA. TOPS currently operates TOPS Markets and Martin's Super Food Stores in New York and Pennsylvania. For more information about TOPS Markets, visit www.topsmarkets.com.

 

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