2.1 Million Dunkin’® Iced Coffees Help Bring Joy to Children Battling Illness

2.1 Million Dunkin’® Iced Coffees Help Bring Joy to Children Battling Illness

Dunkin’s Annual Iced Coffee Day Fundraiser Benefits the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation®

 

BOSTON (JUNE 28, 2024) –  Dunkin’ and the Joy in Childhood Foundation are excited to announce today that this year’s annual Iced Coffee Day raised a record $2.1 million for the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing the simple joys of childhood to kids battling hunger or illness.

Over the past three years, Dunkin’ franchisees nationwide have committed to donate $1 to the Foundation for every iced coffee sold on Dunkin’ Iced Coffee Day, which this year coincided with the first day of summer, June 20. Customers across the country showed their support by visiting locations nationwide, making this year’s fundraiser the most successful ever, surpassing last year’s total of $1.7 million raised.

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Thanks to the generosity of Dunkin’ and its franchisees, all funds raised from Iced Coffee Day are distributed to local children’s hospitals to support their unique child life programming needs.  In 2024, grant applications seek a wide range of support for programming that provide joyful experiences and happy, healing spaces for patients and their families. Hospitals aim to offer specialized summer camps for kids with cancer and other illnesses, medically safe events like carnivals, bowling, basketball, handicap accessible boating, and more. In hospitals, requests include support of art, music and dance therapy, family and teen room supplies and furnishings, and sensory stations and rooms to help kids escape the hospital environment and experience moments of happiness. These programs bring comfort to patients and their families experiencing stressful and sometimes traumatic medical experiences. 

“Thank you to our Dunkin’ franchisees and our incredible guests for making Dunkin’ Iced Coffee Day 2024 one for the record books,” said Victor Carvalho, Dunkin’ Franchisee and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation. “Raising $2.1 million will bring immense joy to kids across the country who are facing hardships. Our franchisees are deeply rooted in the communities where we live and work, and we’re dedicated to making a positive impact on children’s lives. The success of Iced Coffee Day demonstrates the powerful difference we can make together!”

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To celebrate Dunkin’ Iced Coffee Day, the Foundation hosted a series of special “Painting with Joy” events in partnership with hospitals across the country. These events gave pediatric patients and their families the opportunity to paint their favorite Dunkin’ donut or express their creativity on a paint-by-number canvas. Notable personalities who partnered with the brand and made appearances at hospitals or in stores included Jess Sims, Anne Wilson, Nicki Maher, Ian Brownhill and the UConn Men’s Basketball team.

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Dunkin’ customers also supported the Foundation and their love of iced coffee with a fun accessory launched on Iced Coffee Day: a limited-edition iced coffee-inspired iPhone case designed to mimic the drink, complete with floating “ice cubes.” Guests can visit ShopDunkin.com to purchase their own limited-edition case, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation.

Since 2022, Dunkin’s annual Iced Coffee Day has raised $5.6 million for the Foundation. This year’s Iced Coffee Day grant recipients will be announced in the fall. For more information, visit www.bringjoy.org.

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About the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation
The Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation, the charitable foundation supported by Dunkin’, provides the simple joys of childhood to kids battling hunger or illness. The Foundation partners with food banks, children’s hospitals, and nonprofit organizations to fund joyful environments and joyful experiences for kids when they need it most. Since 2006, the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation has granted more than $50 million to hundreds of national and local charities across the country thanks to the generosity of its franchisees, guests, vendor partners and employees. To learn more about the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation, visit www.bringjoy.org and follow on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

 

About Dunkin’
Dunkin’, founded in 1950, is the largest coffee and donuts brand in the United States, with more than 13,200 restaurants in nearly 40 global markets. Dunkin’ is part of the Inspire Brands family of restaurants. For more information, visit DunkinDonuts.com and InspireBrands.com.

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