Big Lots raises money to benefit local veterans memorial museum

For the second year, the discount retailer offers consumers a chance to donate at checkout to serve the museum and veterans; military members and veterans also get an additional discount on its large patio assortment.
Dan Ochwat
Executive Editor
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As Memorial Day nears, Big Lots will be raising money for the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in its hometown of Columbus, Ohio, as well as support active military, veterans and their families. This is the second year in a row the retailer will work with the museum.

From May 15-31, customers at any Big Lots location across the country can donate at the register with proceeds going directly to the museum to aid in its programming. At checkout, shoppers can also write a hand-written note to a veteran or member of the military which will be displayed inside Big Lots stores on a dedicated wall for Memorial Day.

Big Lots offers a year-round, 10% discount on all in-store and online purchases for veterans, active military, and their families and it will offer a special deal for Memorial Day from May 22 – June 5, including 20% off select indoor furniture, patio rugs, select pools, patio folding tables and chairs, with additional 4-day deals during the Memorial Day weekend. The retailer launched its largest-ever summer furniture and accessories assortment, including its Broyhill and Real Living brands.

In the past, Big Lots raised more than $1.4 million for the museum with a goal to match this year. Additionally, the Big Lots Foundation is a Founding Donor to the Memorial and Museum, having committed $2.5 million in 2018.

"On the heels of a highly successful campaign last year, we are delighted to continue our partnership with the National Veterans Memorial and Museum," said Bruce Thorn, president and CEOfficer of Big Lots. "As a veteran myself, I know how important this cause is, and the significance it has for associates and customers throughout our Big Lots family. We are honored to play our part in recognizing the brave men and women who gave and continue to give their lives serving our country."

Lt. General Michael Ferriter, the Memorial and Museum's president and CEO, said the donations made through the Big Lots program will directly support community impact programs for veterans and active military members, fund scholarships, and help the Memorial and Museum achieve its mission to honor, connect, inspire, and educate local communities.