Love’s Travel Stops is raising money for sick and injured children through its five-week store campaign that runs from now through Sunday, Sept. 30.


Over the past 18 years, Love’s has raised more than $25 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, according to a company news release. During this 19th annual campaign, Love’s is offering its customers the option of donating by rounding-up their change on gasoline purchases or in-store restaurant purchases.


In addition, more than 460 Love’s locations will sell Miracle balloons for $1, $5 or $20 and hold events to raise money for patient families in their communities.


“We are very thankful for our employees and our customers who continue to support our CMN fundraising campaign year after year,” said Jenny Love Meyer, vice president of communications for Love’s. “Each year our incredible store teams look forward to getting involved in this campaign to help their local CMN Hospital. We are proud to help save lives in communities where we serve our Customers.”


At the Love’s on US-65 just east of Pine Bluff, dozens of truckers and motorists were busy filling up and buying convenience items on Friday afternoon.


Trucker Ralph Landon of Dumas said he hadn’t heard about the fundraiser but said he will donate to it.


“Man, nothing tugs at your heart like sick kids,” said Landon, who stops at the local Love’s at least two times a week to buy fuel for his rig.


The campaign raises funds and awareness for 170 CMN Hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across North America. Arkansas’s CMN-affiliate is Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.


Donations stay local to help care for children in those communities, Love’s officials stress. This year, Love’s hopes to raise more than $3 million through its annual store campaign, which will benefit 101 partner hospitals, according to company officials.


Customers can support kids in their communities by purchasing paper balloons at the registers. Balloons can be purchased with or without additional items. Love’s stores nationwide also organize events like bake sales, cookouts, golf tournaments, 5K runs and more, which provide customers with additional opportunities to get involved and donate.


Love’s will show additional support for CMN Hospitals this year on National Coffee Day. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29, Love’s will donate money from the sale of all 24-ounce coffees and cappuccinos to CMN Hospitals. In honor of National Coffee Day, all 24-ounce hot beverages will cost $1.


“We are so grateful for Love’s unwavering commitment to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “Love’s employees and customers have fueled our hospitals with so many miles of miracles over the years — like helping provide specialized research, equipment and treatment as well as care for families regardless of their ability to pay. We’re thrilled to see what the campaign brings this year.”


About Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores


Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is the nation’s industry-leading travel stop network with more than 460 locations in 41 states. Founded in 1964 and headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the company remains family-owned and operated and employs more than 22,000 people. Love’s provides professional truck drivers and motorists with 24-hour access to clean and safe places to purchase gasoline, diesel fuel, fresh coffee, restaurant offerings, and more. Love’s has more than 250 on-site Truck Tire Care centers and 52 Speedco locations, which is the largest oil change and preventative maintenance nationwide network on the road today. Love’s is committed to providing customers with “Clean Places, Friendly Faces” at every stop. To learn more, visit www.loves.com.


About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals


Children’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.