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STORE WITH A HEART; CHARITY AND BUSINESS GO HAND IN HAND AS T.J. MAXX REACHES 500TH STORE MILESTONE

 WESTPORT, Conn., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- When T.J. Maxx opens its 500th store in Denver this month, civic leaders, top executives and a leading TV actress will be there to celebrate. But an 8-year-old Apache girl and the work of 12 Kentucky craftswomen will be the center of attention.
 Melody Rose, a member of the San Carlos Apache nation in Arizona, is the sponsored child of the Denver store. She joins 499 other children across the United States who are sponsored by T.J. Maxx through Save the Children.
 The craftswomen, all members of Save the Children's Appalachia Fireside Crafts in Travelers Rest, Ky., will be represented by a beautiful 9' by 11' quilt. T.J. Maxx commissioned the quilt to commemorate the joint milestone of the 500th store and 500th store- sponsored child. The unveiling of the quilt, which was designed by T.J. Maxx store associates, will be a highlight of the Denver celebration.
 "The Save the Children family is comprised of committed and generous people," says Save the Children President Charlie MacCormack. "T.J. Maxx stands out among this remarkable group as our largest corporate sponsor. We are pleased and challenged by their continuing commitment."
 Explains Richard Lesser, president of T.J. Maxx, "I hope the focus of our 500th store/child celebration helps all of us think of how we can help improve the lives of children everywhere."
 T.J. Maxx's newest store opens Oct. 21 in the historic Denver Dry Building. In honor of the T.J. Maxx/Save the Children partnership, Denver Mayor Wellington Webb has declared the day "Save the Children Day." "We're proud to be associated with a company that demonstrates commitment not only to its own business," says Webb, "but to the children of the cities where it does business."
 Since it was founded in 1976, T.J. Maxx has been a strong supporter of charitable causes. In 1984, the national off-price retailer wanted to involve its employees more directly in corporate philanthropy. Through the years, management and store associates have developed relationships with sponsored children and provided much-needed dollars for educational and recreational programs across the United States.
 Founded in 1932 to help children during the Great Depression, Save the Children is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian organization. Save the Children is supported by individuals, foundations, corporations and governments. In 1992, more than 80 percent of Save the Children's $93 million revenue went to program services.
 -0- 10/18/93 /CONTACT: Wendy Christian of Save the Children, 203-221-4187/


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