COLUMBUS, Ohio Big Lots has announced its 2010 Lots2Give program to support education. After successful programs in 2008 and 2009, this year Big Lots increased both the number of schools selected to participate as well as the contest prize amount. The 192 schools across America that have been selected to participate will be the recipients of an in-store donation program and will also have the opportunity to take part in an online video contest where they could win a share of $100,000 in cash prizes.
Now through July 5, customers can help selected schools by donating $1 or $5 at participating Big Lots stores. One hundred percent of donations will go to participating schools, according to Big Lots.
"Big Lots is dedicated to enhancing the quality of education in the communities we serve," said CEO Steve Fishman. "We invite the public to join us in helping schools in need of financial support."
Schools were selected based on geographic location and level of need as determined by Big Lots. The program could mean thousands of dollars for participating schools. As in years past, the public will be invited to vote online to determine the winners of the video contest and cash prizes.