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Kroger’s Cancer Day raises $56,000

– This year’s annual Cancer Day at area Kroger and Scott’s grocery stores raised more than $56,000 for local cancer organizations.

Kroger officials announced the results of the annual fundraiser Tuesday morning. According to a prepared statement, the company was able to give $56,262 to the American Cancer Society and Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.

The company donates 3 percent of all sales on Oct. 10 to the organizations, and customers at the store are also able to donate to the charities in $1, $3 or $5 increments between Oct. 10 and Oct. 20.

In the 34-year history of the event, nearly $4.6 million has been raised for the organizations, according to Kroger officials.

“Last year, more than 3,000 local people with cancer and their families received emotional support and practical resources from Cancer Services because of corporate leaders like Kroger,” said Amber Recker of Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.

“We are honored to have a long-standing relationship with Kroger that continues to grow and find new ways to make sure that friends and neighbors in our community know that there is an organization ready to help when a family is touched by cancer,” she said.

This year’s total was down a bit from the 2011 total, which was $61,156.