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Ralphs announces charitable campaign to benefit children's hospitals

LOS ANGELES — A Kroger banner based in Los Angeles has kicked off a charitable campaign to benefit children's hospitals based in Southern California.

Ralphs on Monday said it is raising funds through its nonprofit, The Ralphs Fund, by asking customers and associates to donate their spare change in collection canisters located at Ralphs checkout stands.

Southern California children's hospitals that will benefit from the charitable fundraising drive include:

Children's Hospital of Orange County;

Children's Hospital of Los Angeles;

Loma Linda University Children's Hospital;

Mattel Children's Hospital (UCLA);

Miller Children's Hospital (Long Beach); and

Rady Children's Hospital (San Diego).

Since 2005, Ralphs, its associates and customers have given more than $1 million to children's hospitals in Southern California. This year, Ralphs has set a goal of raising $170,000 for children's hospitals.