Jersey Mike’s ‘Day of Giving’ to support children at Sacred Heart

Today, Wednesday, March 28th, is the ‘Day of Giving’ at both Spokane-area Jersey Mike’s locations.

That means every penny spent there today will go straight to help a program at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital.

Jersey Mike’s all across the country participate in the month of March, but locations in each city decide on a charitable cause specific to their community.

This year, the Spokane locations decided on the Andrew Rypien School Program at Sacred Heart.

“We donate 100 percent of our proceeds, whether you purchase sandwiches, chips, cookies. 100 percent of everything that we make will go to the Andrew Rypien School Program,” explained Nikki Roberts, General Manager of the Northtown Jersey Mike’s.

The program helps make sure kids who have to spend months, or even years in the hospital, don’t fall behind in school.

“Because that creates a whole new stress if they’re getting weeks and weeks behind from being in the hospital,” said Maggie Rowe, Program Coordinator for the Andrew Rypien School Program. “So we exist to provide bedside and classroom based tutoring to kids while they’re here.”

But they know education isn’t all the kids need.

“Because the kids here at the hospital don’t always feel great, we really have to bring it when we’re here in the hospital classroom,” said Rowe.

So they work with two goals in mind.

“To keep their brains engaged, and to keep their spirits high,” she said.

The program is completely free to families. It was made possible by a generous grant from the Rypien Foundation a few years ago, but it’s kept alive by donations from the community.

“We have had amazing community support of this program so far,” said Rowe as she explained a recent donation from a local girl scout troop.

“We just feel like this program is going to continue to grow, and we’re so thankful for the support from Jersey Mike’s to keep us going.”

Jersey Mike’s has actually been gathering customer donations all month long. But today is the big day. “We call it our superbowl,” said Roberts. “It’s the day we prep up for all year long.”

The staff at Jersey Mike’s looks forward to this adrenaline-filled, exhausting day because they know it’s for a great cause.

“One of Jersey Mike’s mottos is ‘Give to Give,’ so it’s part of the company, and who we are, just giving back to the community and helping out,” explained Roberts.

Last year’s ‘Day of Giving’ raised more than $10,000 for a different program at Sacred Heart.

The Andrew Rypien School Program is grateful to have been chosen this year, and says they will use the donation to buy new technology and STEM activities for the kids.

Both the Northtown and South Hill Jersey Mike’s locations are participating in the fundraiser.

They’re open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.