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Big Lots Partners With Nationwide Children's Hospital On Fundraising Campaign To Support Lifesaving Research

Columbus, OH - 3/30/2017

Big Lots (BIG), announced today the relaunch of their national point-of-sale fundraising campaign to benefit Nationwide Children's Hospital, in their efforts to provide care to children in all 50 states and over 50  different countries from around the world. Donations will be accepted March 30th through April 23rd through Big Lots stores and online with 100 percent of all proceeds raised going directly to support the hospital.
 
Nationwide Children's is America's largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare system, delivering world-class care for more than 1.2 million patient visits each year. The hospital treats children all over the world and from across the nation, providing more than $97 million in charity care and community benefit each year. Doctors and researchers are revolutionizing children's healthcare and research at Nationwide Children's.
 
"Big Lots is enormously proud to continue this mission in conjunction with Nationwide Children's and our generous customers," said CEO David Campisi. "Thanks to their kindness and the hard work of our associates, we're excited to support the lifesaving research and care that Nationwide Children's Hospital provides. When customers visit our stores, they can pass on the money they save on our great merchandise, by donating as they check out. The Big Lots team is driven by this amazing opportunity to assist an organization that does so much good for so many."
 
In addition to spearheading the Give Big for Kids campaign, on August 31, 2016, Big Lots together with the Big Lots Foundation announced a $50 million transformational gift to Nationwide Children's Hospital to support their ground breaking plans for research, treatment, and care in the underfunded need of behavioral health. Our financial commitment represents the single largest financial gift of its kind to support pediatric behavioral health and with our support, the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion at Nationwide Children's Hospital is slated to open in early 2020. The 250,000-square-foot pavilion on the hospital's main campus will foster collaboration with Nationwide Children's research teams, as well as community partner agencies to help care for children and teens with behavioral health challenges and illnesses.
 
To learn more about the Give Big for Kids campaign and make a donation online visit biglots.com/give4kids.
 
About Big Lots, Inc.
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots, Inc. (BIG) is a unique, non-traditional, discount retailer operating 1,432 BIG LOTS stores in 47 states with product assortments in the merchandise categories of Furniture, Seasonal, Soft Home, Food, Consumables, Hard Home, and Electronics, Toys & Accessories. Our vision is to be recognized for providing an outstanding shopping experience for our customers, valuing and developing our associates, and creating growth for our shareholders. Big Lots supports the communities it serves through the Big Lots Foundation, a charitable organization focused on four areas of need: hunger, housing, healthcare, and education. For more information about the Company, visit www.biglots.com.
 
To learn more about Big Lots, speak with a company representative or arrange a store visit, contact the Big Lots Media Hotline at 1-877-614-1274. To donate please visit biglots.com/give4kids
 
About Nationwide Children's Hospital
Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report's 2016-17 list of "America's Best Children's Hospitals," Nationwide Children's Hospital is America's largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare system providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children's has a staff of more than 11,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.2 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of the Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children's physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health–funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. Nationwide Children's remains true to the original mission since its founding in 1892 of providing care regardless of a family's ability to pay. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.

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