Aflac and Macy's reunite during the holiday season to raise funds for
children's hospitals nationwide
COLUMBUS, Ga., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- For the seventh consecutive year,
Aflac and participating Macy's stores have teamed up to help holiday shoppers
find the perfect stocking stuffer -- the 2007 Aflac Holiday Duck. Available
in stores today, these collectible plush ducks have been flying off department
store shelves since 2001 and have raised more than $1.6 million for pediatric
cancer treatment and research centers across the country.
"Pediatric cancer affects not only patients but also their families and
the community," said Al Johnson, second vice president of Marketing Services
at Aflac. "With the help of consumers around the country, this special program
will give back to those patients, families and the communities that have been
impacted by this disease."
This year, the funds generated from the sale of the popular holiday duck
will be donated to 34 children's hospitals. The 2007 limited edition of the
talking duck arrives in stores dressed in holiday-themed attire, complete with
a night shirt, night cap, fuzzy slippers and holding a candle. When squeezed,
the candle lights up and the duck quacks its famous "Aflac, Aflac, Aflaaaac!"
The cost is $10 for a six-inch plush duck and $15 for the 10-inch version.
"The Aflac Ducks have become a holiday collectible and our customers and
employees love them," said Ellen Fruchtman, Macy's divisional vice president
of public relations in Atlanta. "This program has helped hospitals to provide
much needed life-saving services to children living with cancer."
Shoppers can also visit aflac.com or macys.com to purchase an Aflac
Holiday Duck. The ducks can also be ordered through Macy's shop by phone
option at 1-800-456-2297. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from in-store
and online sales will benefit the children's hospitals nearest to where the
purchase is made.
For more than 50 years, Aflac products have given policyholders the
opportunity to direct cash where it is needed most when a life-interrupting
medical event causes financial challenges. Aflac is the number one provider of
guaranteed-renewable insurance in the United States and the number one
insurance company in terms of individual insurance policies in force in Japan.
Our insurance products provide protection to more than 40 million people
worldwide. Aflac has been included in Fortune magazine's listing of America's
Most Admired Companies for six consecutive years and in Fortune magazine's
list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for nine consecutive
years. Aflac has also been recognized three times by both Fortune magazine's
listing of the Top 50 Employers for Minorities and Working Mother magazine's
listing of the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers. Aflac Incorporated is a
Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol
AFL. To find out more about Aflac, visit aflac.com.
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