Kroger made a large donation to Susan G. Komen Thursday to help them fight breast cancer.
This fall, Kroger stores across East Tennessee raised $26,000 through several breast cancer awareness initiatives they had at their area stores. Through extra dollars, pink Kroger brand water and events, shoppers helped raise money in the months leading up the the Race for the Cure in late October. Also, Kroger sponsors the race each year.
The dollars raised will help fund grants for local hospitals, breast health education, and mammograms.
"It makes a difference," said Amy Dunaway with Komen. "$26,000 is so many mammograms. It's $100 for us to pay for a mammogram for an underinsured woman."
"It's just always been a part of the Kroger culture just giving back to the community, and it feels really good to do that and have that avenue to give employees and customers if they don't know how to help. Kroger is always going to be there to find a way to help the community," said Erica Bulmon-Hudson, a Kroger store manager.
In total in 2012, Kroger's Atlanta division raised more than $450,000 for Susan G. Komen affiliates throughout the southeast.