A Kmart Shopping Spree With Marlo Thomas For St. Jude

Tis’ the season of giving and yesterday amidst the holiday shoppers, an incredibly meaningful event took place inside Kmart in New York City.  Marlo Thomas, St. Jude National Outreach Director, kicked of a limitless shopping spree to benefit the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in conjunction with Kmart’s annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign. She was assisted by 11-year-old Mary, a six-grade student with an infectious smile, who underwent treatment for high-risk Hodgkin’s lymphoma at St. Jude.

Kmart Welcomes Marlo Thomas And St. Jude Patients For Thanks & Giving Holiday Shopping Spree

It was an honor to be amongst Kmart’s K-Club bloggers invited to participate in Kmart’s generous act of goodness.  Upon receiving a Santa cap adorned with a St. Jude pin, I received an empty cart to delve into the fully-stocked toy isles.  Before I knew it, my cart was overflowing with the sort of gifts that topped the hot toy lists at all of the season’s toy shows.  Toys for children of all ages and genders; toys that I knew my own children would love to receive.  The grand tally of the collective carts surpassed $10,000 – and knowing that they’re off to St. Jude is the highlight of my holiday.

Kmart Welcomes Marlo Thomas And St. Jude Patients For Thanks & Giving Holiday Shopping SpreeKmart Welcomes Marlo Thomas And St. Jude Patients For Thanks & Giving Holiday Shopping Spree

It’s Serious business to save children’s lives – Marlo Thomas

For over 50 years, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has provided free treatment for every single child facing cancer and life-threatening diseases at their hospital.  And for every child treated at St. Jude, thousands more are saved worldwide via cutting edge research, breakthroughs, and discoveries.  Kmart has raised over $72.2 million for St. Jude through in-store and online donations since 2006 – raising $13 million, this Holiday season thus far.  Kmart is also the leading fund-raising partner in the history of St. Jude Children’s Research hospital.


How To Help

There are several ways to support Kmart’s commitment to saving lives at St. Jude:

  • Purchase an exclusive bear ornament.  For every $5 St. Jude bear ornament purchase, Kmart will donate $1 to St. Jude.
  • Donate at Kmart Registers and online.  To thank customers for donations to St. Jude, Kmart is rewarding Shop Your Way members who donate with a coupon for five percent back in points on the next qualifying purchase.

To make a donation and for more information, visit Kmart.com/StJude or stjude.org.  Also, stay connected to St. Jude’s important mission on facebook and twitter.

This post is sponsored by Kmart – and its cause is one that we are  honored to share.  Opinions, as always, are my own. Images 1-3 via Astrid Stawiarz for Getty Images. 



  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    St. Jude is such an amazing organization. They do such good work 🙂

  2. what a great event!!!!! glad you got to be a part of it

  3. Wow Mon! How cool is this!? I’ve always loved St. Jude, even before Wes had anything in common with its patients. I’m so glad you were able to participate in Kmart’s generosity!

    • Caro – I was thinking of you the entire time that I was there – wondering if Wes made counts to start antibody therapy. It was amazing to be a small part of the company’s giving and to know where all those toys were off too. The first thing that I put in my cart was the Elmo I brought Wes at Ronald McDonald “Mocca Donald :)”. Love you and thinking of you so much this week. You are an incredible mama. xx

  4. Oh my goodness, that’s an amazing, awesome, wonderful, can’t-day-enough-good-things-about-it-trip! We’ve supported St. Jude for years, and last night I was watching the Hollywood Holiday Parade… the commercials featured St. Jude quite a bit, and my heart was just tugged way more than usual. I’m so in love with a facility who does what they do for families and kids. I think they’re amazing, and now I think KMart and Marlo Thomas (and you, which I already thought anyway!) are amazing too. 🙂

  5. What a great organization! I think that its amazing that all their treatments are free! What a wonderful thing in this society where nothing is free. To be fighting an illness with parents worried about the hospital bill is so sad.

  6. I always hear great things about St. Jude. They are an amazing organization. Marlo Thomas is a gem in the way she gives of her time and support to the organization.

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