Press Release

BJ's and Local Kids Team Up to Support Military Personnel Serving Overseas

October 16, 2003 9:00 AM EDT
NATICK, Mass. -- BJ's Wholesale Club is teaming up with the community to offer support to the military men and women serving overseas. In honor of USA Weekend's national Make A Difference Day, each of BJ's 146 Clubs will host a "Heart of Gold Hero Bags" project on Saturday, October 25th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kids at all BJ's Clubs will be invited to create personalized "Heart of Gold Hero Bags" filled with snacks and handmade "Thankful Thoughts" cards where children are allowed to express their gratitude for our servicemen and women.

"BJ's strongly believes in our commitment to be responsible corporate citizens in the communities we serve," says Michael T. Wedge, President and CEO of BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. "We have implemented the 'Heart of Gold Hero Bags' program with the goal of helping children learn the importance of community service."

In total, more than 7,000 bags will be created for military personnel; the USO will distribute the bags. Make A Difference Day is the largest national day of helping others. The objective of the Make A Difference Day program is to give children a chance to share through community service and to learn that their actions can make a difference. Last year, 3 million people participated in volunteer activities surrounding this annual event. BJ's is proud to participate in Make A Difference Day for the fifth consecutive year. For BJ's locations, log on to

Headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. is a leading operator of warehouse clubs in the eastern United States, with 146 clubs in the chain. In 2002, net sales rose to $5.7 billion and comparable club sales increased by 2.0%. For more information on BJ's, log on to

SOURCE: BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.

CONTACT: Annunziata Sodano of BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc., +1-508-651-6857