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Celebrating Panda Cares Day 2021!

Today, UNM Children’s Hospital is celebrating Panda Cares Day!

Following the establishment of its inaugural Panda Cares Day™ in 2019, Panda Cares®, the philanthropic arm of Panda Express®, commemorates its anniversary on August 8 every year with a celebration of giving back. Today, we’re celebrating this incredible partnership and the impact it has had on our community.

Since 2007, Panda Express has raised funds for local children’s hospitals across the country through its partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. By asking every guest to round-up at the register, placing donation boxes in-store, engaging in the associate (employee) giving campaign, and fundraising with corporate partners through their annual golf tournament, Panda is one of the highest-giving corporate partners CMN Hospitals has. In 2020, even with ongoing impacts to the restaurant industry, Panda Express guests and associates raised more than $22M for CMN Hospitals, helping the organization change kids’ health and change the future.

Panda joined the UNM Children’s Hospital fundraising community in 2015 and has grown into a top-5 partner for New Mexico’s only children’s hospital, collectively raising over 1 million dollars. Funds raised continue to be used to cover special programs, equipment and supplies not covered by insurance. Panda focuses on meeting 4 pillars when fundraising for kids, including mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health. Programs in Child Life like art and music therapy and the child life play area have all benefitted from Panda funds.

Enjoy this video highlighting the impact of this partnership! Video

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