Panera Bread opens their hearts to
St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital

This year, Panera Bread spent Valentine’s Day decorating cookies with the kids of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. With plenty of icing, sprinkles, and candy decorations in hand, the kids were invited downstairs in the hospital lobby to enjoy a Snoopy themed Valentine’s party. After receiving arts & craft goodie bags, all the kids were able to celebrate while decorating a countless number of Panera’s Heart Cookies.

These cookies are extra special to St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. For the 8th year in a row, 30 participating Panera Bread bakery-cafes owned by Covelli Family Limited Partnership have donated 100 percent of all Heart Cookie proceeds sold from February 1st-February 14th directly to the St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s Heart Institute.

“We are grateful to Panera Bread and its customers for their heartfelt generosity,” said St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital President Kate Reed. “Your support, shown through the simple act of purchasing a Valentine cookie, has made a world of difference in the lives of the pediatric cardiac patients we treat and their families.”

In addition, all contributions donated into Panera Bread’s Operation Dough-Nation Community Bread Boxes in the 30 participating cafes throughout February also benefited the St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s Heart Institute. A total of $27,645.58 was raised through the 2018 promotion. Since the inception of the campaign, Covelli Family Limited Partnership has been able to donate $200,406.28 to the St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s Heart Institute.

“We are thrilled at the results of our 2018 Heart Cookie Campaign benefitting St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital” said Vikki Kaiser, director of marketing and public relations for Panera Bread. “We feel extremely fortunate to have such a dynamic hospital in our backyard whose mission is to provide the community with quality, compassionate health care. We would like to say thank you to all of our caring customers who opened their hearts again this year and raised needed money for the pediatric patients in our community.”