Since 1994, Petland stores have been participating in Safari Stan’s Children’s Charities. This involves local store operators in granting pet-related wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions through the Make-A-Wish Foundation® and in placing coin canisters in Petland stores nationwide to raise funds for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Many Petland stores also host special in-store events to raise donations for St. Jude. All local store donations are supported with additional donations from Petland, Inc.
Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation’s mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors, and entire communities. The Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in 1980 after a little boy named Chris Greicius realized his heartfelt wish to become a police officer. Since its humble beginnings, the organization has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, reaching more than 144,000 children worldwide. A network of more than 25,000 volunteers enables the Make-A-Wish Foundation to serve children with life-threatening medical conditions. Volunteers serve as wish granters, fundraisers, special events assistants, and in numerous other capacities. For more information on Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit the organization’s website at www.wish.org.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital