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At Ace, we pride ourselves on being the helpful place. And what better way to help than to give back to our local communities and those in need? The Ace Foundation has raised over $58 million since 1991 to help sick and injured kids through our partnership with Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals. We also support the American Red Cross Natural Disaster Relief Fund through volunteer hours and donations of products needed when a disaster strikes.

One of the ways we support CMN Hospitals is through our Ace Cares for Kids campaign. As part of this campaign, from July 1–13, participating Ace Hardware stores will be "selling" icons for donations of $1 or more. In addition, on August 16, participating Ace Hardware stores will be offering a special CMN Hospitals bucket promotion. Look for more information on that as it gets closer.

Whether your local Ace store participates in the icon and/or bucket promotion, has a change canister at the register, or hosts a fundraising event, 100 percent of the money raised at that store will stay in that specific community, benefiting the closest CMN Hospital. So stop in your local store or donate online by clicking on the "Donate Now" button.

As part of Ace's fundraising efforts, each year an official national Ace All-Star is chosen to serve as ambassador for Ace's fundraising programs across the country. The 2014 Ace All-Star is Aiden Morales, a lifelong patient of his local CMN hospital, Phoenix Children's Hospital. Look for photos of Aiden in your local store this year.

Meet Aiden, our 2014 Ace All-Star

Aiden's parents found out that their son would be a patient at their local Children's Miracle Network hospital before he was even born. When he was still in his mother's womb, an ultrasound revealed a heart defect called tricuspid atresia. In tricuspid atresia, the tricuspid valve, which is normally located between the right atrium and the right ventricle, is abnormal and does not open. This results in a small or missing ventricle that can't adequately pump blood to the lungs.

Doctors told Aiden's family that he would require at least three surgeries to fix his tiny heart. The first surgery came when Aiden was six months old, the second when he was two and the third when he was three and given a pacemaker. In March 2013, Aiden was back at his local CMN hospital, Phoenix Children's Hospital, for a fourth surgery to replace the battery in his pacemaker.

Aiden was too young to remember, but his mom remembers everything about their stay at Phoenix Children's. She remembers how much Aiden loved watching the trains in the intensive care unit; he would watch the trains for hours. She also remembers, for his third surgery, Aiden driving himself back to the operating room in a little yellow car. He waved as he drove away and yelled, "Bye, mommy." He was so comfortable and not nervous at all – all thanks to the outstanding patient care staff at the hospital. "The communication between nurses, doctors, and patients was outstanding. Aiden has a great team of doctors who not only follow him medically, but follow his life in general. We would not be here today without them," notes Aiden's Mom, Jennifer.

Today, Aiden is an energetic 10-year-old who loves watching and playing sports. And while he has some limitations, he doesn't let that stop him. "Many times I look at him with amazement because he will never know what he went through, but I do and I am so proud," says Jennifer. Aiden is known around Phoenix Children's Hospital for his smile and signature "thumbs up." He loves to share his journey and will be the first to tell you that while sometimes having a pacemaker is hard, he feels blessed to be alive. He now counts being the 2014 National Ace All-Star as one of the greatest blessings in his life and is eager to help stores across the country to raise funds for CMN Hospitals to help kids just like him.

The Ace Foundation made a $10,000 donation to Phoenix Children's Hospital in Aiden's name when he was crowned the 2014 Ace All-Star. It left Aiden speechless. After he "signed" the check and reflected on this national honor that was announced at a surprise assembly in front of his school, he said, "This is amazing. I want to relive this moment over and over again. I am so blessed."

To learn more about the Ace Foundation or any of our fundraising initiatives, email cmnace@acehardware.com.

At the Ace Hardware Corporate/Ace Foundation office located in Oak Brook, IL, team members get involved with fundraising activities for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in a variety of ways.

Fleece Blanket Club
For the past three years, nearly 50 employees gather in groups or work individually making "no sew" fleece blankets for the patients at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago – the CMN hospital closest to the corporate office. To date, over 400 blankets have been delivered to bring a sense of caring and warmth to kids enduring hospital stays.

Miracle Jeans Weeks
When business casual is the everyday attire, Ace team members get excited to wear jeans for an entire week during the company's five designated Miracle Jeans Weeks each year. With a cost of $1 per day and nearly 900 people on campus, it's no doubt that thousands are raised annually from this one initiative.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Radiothon
Each September, The MIX radio DJs, Eric and Kathy, spend 36 hours at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago sharing stories about patients as well as the good work of the hospital and their dedicated staff. Ace team members are always eager to volunteer at the event by answering phones and taking pledges from callers who are listening in.

As a national company with members in more than 4,200 domestic locations, it's no surprise that members of our own Ace family have experienced the often-devastating effects of a natural disaster. The Ace Hardware Foundation is proud to partner with the American Red Cross to support our neighbors in times of need.

Ready When the Time Comes
Currently, there are 25 Oak Brook, Ill.-based Ace team members trained by the Red Cross to handle shelter work in the event of disaster. Their responsibilities range from setting up cots and registering people, to mass feeding and just lending an ear to those who need comfort. Certain disasters, such as fires, floods and blizzards, can happen locally, while others can take place far away, like the earthquake in Haiti. In any of the cases, American Red Cross shelters provide housing and food for thousands of people annually.

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