Family Dollar Stores, Inc. (NYSE: FDO) today announced a $280,000 donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). The amount includes donations from Family Dollar and customers at more than 8,200 Family Dollar stores during the retailer's, "Open the Door for America's Kids" campaign. Also included in the total, is a generous $25,000 donation from Coca-Cola to BGCA. Funds raised will go to the organization, in support of the nearly four million young people served by Boys & Girls Clubs each year.

"At Family Dollar, helping our local youth is extremely important to all of us," said Jason Reiser, Chief Merchandising Officer for Family Dollar. "We are delighted that our store teams and customers rallied behind this cause. We are also pleased that our longtime-supplier partner, Coca-Cola, saw the importance of this campaign and made a generous donation. We know the funds raised during this campaign will have a lasting, positive impact on the children who rely on their local Boys & Girls Clubs."

Today's check presentation was held at a Charlotte-area Boys & Girls Club. Following the presentation, Family Dollar Team Members passed out more than 100 gift bags filled with toys, gift cards, school supplies and personal hygiene items to Club-goers in attendance.

"The Family Dollar team brought together customers and associates around the country last month to support the crucial work that Boys & Girls Clubs of America does to build great futures for kids," said Chad Royal-Pascoe, National Vice President, Corporate & Cause Partnerships for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. "We are very grateful for the results of this first year campaign and thank our valued partner Family Dollar for supporting this important cause. We look forward to working together again in 2015."

Campaign facts:
  • Family Dollar, customers and Coca-Cola raised $280,000 to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • 100% of proceeds raised at each store will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America and local Clubs
  • Every $1 donation helps provide 20 minutes of after-school programming for a Club youth
  • $15 helps keep a Club youth safe after school

"The Coca-Cola System is a longtime supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs, and we are very happy to join our great retail partner, Family Dollar, in making a positive difference for young people through the Boys & Girls Clubs," said Lauren C. Steele, Sr. VP, Coca-Cola Consolidated.

About Family Dollar

For more than 54 years, Family Dollar has been providing value and convenience to customers in easy-to-shop neighborhood locations. Family Dollar's mix of name brands, and quality, private brand merchandise appeals to shoppers in more than 8,200 stores in rural and urban settings across 46 states. Helping families save on the items they need with everyday low prices creates a strong bond with customers who refer to their neighborhood store as "my Family Dollar." Headquartered in Matthews, North Carolina, just outside of Charlotte, Family Dollar is a Fortune 300, publicly held company with common stock traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FDO. For more information, please visit www.familydollar.com.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at  http://www.bgca.org/facebook and  http://bgca.org/twitter.

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