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Fulfilling Basic Needs


Sustainable Development Goal 2 - Zero Hunger TJX Associates helping to fulfill basic needs Sustainable Development Goal 2 - Zero Hunger

In our communities around the world, there are families in poverty who struggle to overcome the challenges of everyday life and meet their basic needs. We understand the importance of a warm meal, clean clothing, and a safe place to sleep. This is why we are passionate about supporting nonprofit organizations that help fill these critical basic needs for vulnerable families.

In the U.S., TJX supports Cradles to Crayons, which serves children from birth through age 12 living in homeless shelters or low-income situations, and provides them with high quality, essential items they need to thrive. In 2019, we were pleased to expand our relationship with Cradles to Crayons beyond our headquarters’ community. In addition to TJX’s grant support, we now have Associate engagement programs with Cradles to Crayons in Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago. In the last year, Associates volunteered at what Cradles to Crayons refers to as their Giving Factory where volunteers participated in their annual Backpack-A-Thon, a one-day volunteer event where over 40,000 backpacks are packed for children in Massachusetts.

In 2019, we were also proud to be a corporate sponsor of Catie’s Closet. This organization converts an unused school room into a "Catie's Closet" as a resource for students in need. Students are discreetly given access to the closet, where they can choose from up-to-date and stylish clothing as well as toiletries to take home. Catie’s Closet believes that having appropriate clothing can boost a student’s self-esteem and alleviates the visible burden of poverty, helping to reduce absenteeism. We believe that, too!

Since 2015, our U.S. retail chains have teamed up each Thanksgiving season for an in-store fundraising campaign to support families in need of food assistance during the holidays. In 2019, through this campaign, funds from our U.S. foundation and customer donations were provided to Feeding America for distribution to its 200 member food banks located in our communities. According to Feeding America, this translated into an estimated 32 million meals served to those in need. Throughout the year, TJX Associates also volunteered at local food banks and supported food drives at our distribution centers, stores, and corporate offices.

With the launch of the Find Your Stride initiative in 2019, TJX Canada embarked on a mission to help vulnerable women gain the skills and support they need to thrive in life. Two of our key partners are Dress for Success Canada and the Calgary Women in Need Society (WINS). Dress for Success Canada provides professional attire, along with other support, to help women in need thrive in work and in life. While it has 13 locations across Canada, with our support, Dress for Success hopes to extend its reach to new geographies and double the number of women they serve by 2022. In Calgary, WINS serves as a homegrown thrift charity. Through its Free Goods Referral program, women in poverty and their families can obtain basic needs support through a network of 80+ partnered agencies.

We are also very proud to support Habitat for Humanity Canada to which we have donated over 210 pallets of merchandise since February 2019. Habitat for Humanity Canada brings communities together to help families build strength, stability, and independence through affordable home ownership. With the help of volunteers, Habitat builds and restores safe, decent, and affordable homes, including single family and multi-unit houses. Their model of affordable homeownership bridges a gap for low income families.


2019 IMPACT


33.8 million

meals served

300,000

shelter nights provided

600,000

units of clothing donated

33.8 million

meals served

300,000

shelter nights provided

600,000

units of clothing donated

Making a Difference:
RED NOSE DAY


T.K. Maxx and Homesense in the U.K. have been strong supporters of Comic Relief, a charity that supports children and families impacted by poverty and social injustice in the U.K. and the world’s poorest countries, including a focus on homelessness and helping children survive and thrive. Since 2005, our Associates, along with the generous support of our customers, have raised tens of millions of dollars for Comic Relief U.K.'s much-loved fundraising campaign, "Red Nose Day," over the years. As an official retailer for this biennial campaign, in 2019 we teamed up with Disney to sell t-shirts, aprons, and other homeware featuring much loved Disney characters. Our Associates also got involved through various activities including bake sales, sports tournaments, and a Strictly TJX dance competition. Together with our customers who donated money at the registers, we raised over $5 million for Comic Relief in 2019!


T.K. Maxx and Homesense in the U.K. supporting Red Nose Day Comic Relief in 2019

THE BIG REVEAL


Check out the video featuring all the best bits of Red Nose Day this year, including our “Big Reveal” on BBC1 with actor David Tennant and TV personality Zoe Ball.

"T.K. Maxx's and Homesense’s incredible support of Comic Relief has raised millions to help children and young people in the U.K. and around the world. This enables Comic Relief to support people living incredibly tough lives and fund hundreds of life-changing organisations working on the ground to support the most vulnerable people and communities in society. This includes vulnerable children and young people who are homeless or living in extreme poverty, at risk of domestic abuse and those struggling with mental health problems. And we could not do it without the support of partners like T.K. Maxx."

Sue Wicks
Head of Investment
Comic Relief


T.K. Maxx and Homesense in the U.K. supporting Red Nose Day Comic Relief in 2019

THE BIG REVEAL


Check out the video featuring all the best bits of Red Nose Day this year, including our “Big Reveal” on BBC1 with actor David Tennant and TV personality Zoe Ball.

"T.K. Maxx's and Homesense’s incredible support of Comic Relief has raised millions to help children and young people in the U.K. and around the world. This enables Comic Relief to support people living incredibly tough lives and fund hundreds of life-changing organisations working on the ground to support the most vulnerable people and communities in society. This includes vulnerable children and young people who are homeless or living in extreme poverty, at risk of domestic abuse and those struggling with mental health problems. And we could not do it without the support of partners like T.K. Maxx."

Sue Wicks
Head of Investment
Comic Relief


Our Support Includes:


TJX


T.J. Maxx


Marshalls


Homegoods


Sierra


Winners


Homesense


T.K. Maxx


T.K. Maxx and Homesense in the U.K. supporting Red Nose Day Comic Relief in 2019

THE BIG REVEAL


Check out the video featuring all the best bits of Red Nose Day this year, including our “Big Reveal” on BBC1 with actor David Tennant and TV personality Zoe Ball.

"T.K. Maxx's and Homesense's incredible support of Comic Relief has raised millions to help children and young people in the U.K. and around the world. This enables Comic Relief to support people living incredibly tough lives and fund hundreds of life-changing organisations working on the ground to support the most vulnerable people and communities in society. This includes vulnerable children and young people who are homeless or living in extreme poverty, at risk of domestic abuse and those struggling with mental health problems. And we could not do it without the support of partners like T.K. Maxx."

Sue Wicks
Head of Investment
Comic Relief





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