Casey's General Stores, Inc. is raising funds to help give miracles to sick and injured kids during its second annual Miracle Balloon fundraiser, supporting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals®.

Through the month of February, Casey's customers can purchase $1 Miracle Balloons at registers in its more than 1,850 stores. The funds raised will stay in the stores' communities to benefit children treated at 24 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Hospitals decide how to best use the donations, funding critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care.

Since partnering with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, Casey's has raised nearly $700,000 to help provide vital funds needed to give the best care to the tiniest of patients.

"Being able to give back to our local communities is something we, at Casey's, hold as a core value," said Bob Myers, Chairman and CEO. "We are inspired by the charitable giving of our customers and the dedication of our associates to help save the lives of kids' and are thrilled to be kicking off our second annual fundraiser benefiting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals."

"We are thrilled to be kicking off our second fundraising campaign with Casey's General Stores," said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. "It is the dedication and generosity of Casey's customers and associates that help make miracles happen for kids treated at our member hospitals."

Headquartered in Ankeny, Iowa, Casey's General Stores, Inc. owns and operates more than 1,850 convenience stores. Visit https://www.caseys.com to locate your nearest store.

About Children's Miracle Network HospitalsChildren's Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

About Casey's General Stores, Inc.Casey's General Stores Inc. is a Fortune-500 company (Nasdaq CASY) operating over 1,850 convenience stores in 14 states throughout the Midwest. Known for its "Homemade-To-Go" pizza, sandwiches, donuts and bakery items, Casey's quality gas, fresh prepared foods, clean stores and friendly service offers at every retail location. Casey's is currently the fifth largest c-store chain and fifth largest pizza chain in the United States.

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