|JCPenney Shoppers Invited to "Pair Up" This Back-to-School Season Through Special Buy One, Give One Promotion|
National Study Commissioned by JCPenney Finds Low-Income Children
For Every Pack of Kids' Underwear and Socks Sold, Retailer will Donate a Pack to the YMCA
PLANO, Texas (July 27, 2017) - This back-to-school season, JCPenney is inviting customers to "pair up" by participating in a special buy one, give one promotion that will provide kids in-need with basic undergarments. From Aug. 1-15, for every pack of kids' socks and underwear sold at JCPenney, the retailer will donate a pack to the Y, up to 750,000 pairs. The retailer's Pair Up with JCPenney campaign is in response to findings from a national study commissioned by JCPenney, America's Youth: The Need for Basic Necessities, which sheds a light on an invisible need: many underserved kids across the country are going without basic clothing essentials, which can impact their academic achievement.
"Today, many children go to school without basic clothing needs like socks and underwear. When kids don't have these items, they often feel insecure, embarrassed and don't want to fully engage in school activities," said Marci Grebstein, chief marketing officer for JCPenney. "As one of the largest apparel companies in the country, we knew we could begin to make a difference by addressing this pressing need. When our customers purchase a pack of kids' socks or underwear this back-to-school season, they will be joining us in making a difference to ensure more kids have what they need to succeed this school year."
Earlier this year, JCPenney commissioned a study that included a survey of parents of school-aged children, along with one-on-one interviews with key organizations and thought leaders to obtain in-depth, anecdotal knowledge and key insights about the need for basic clothing items. Key findings from the America's Youth: The Need for Basic Necessities national study* found:
The Pair Up with JCPenney initiative builds on the retailer's signature charity partnership with the Y. Through its collaboration with the Y, JCPenney intends to strengthen the communities where its customers and associates live, work and shop by supporting the Y's work in helping kids, families and communities reach their full potential. To help ensure kids have what they need to succeed, The JCPenney Foundation made a $1 million contribution to the Y earlier this year in support of the organization's national early childhood, afterschool and preschool programs.
JCPenney customers shopping for kid's underwear and socks this season can choose from an array of leading national and private brands, including Total Girl®, Arizona, GoldToe,® Maidenform® and more. To raise further awareness of the need for basic clothing items among school-aged children, the retailer has launched jcpenneypairup.com, along with a public service announcement, which JCPenney will amplify across YouTube and its social media channels.
In addition to supporting the Y through the Pair Up program, the retailer plans to organize several JCPenney volunteer events at local Y's across the country. These events would give JCPenney associates an opportunity to mentor and interact with Y kids by setting goals for the school year and decorate back-to-school banners. Kids would receive backpacks filled with a pack of socks and a limited supply of gift cards.
*America's Youth: The Need for Basic Necessities, Morar Consulting, April 2017
A report on the research findings from America's Youth: The Need for Basic Necessities study can be accessed at jcpenneypairup.com and jcpnewsroom.com.
About The Y:The Y is one of the nation's leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children - regardless of age, income or background - to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation's health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. To learn more about the Y, please visit: http://www.ymca.net/forabetterus/
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