Taking Big Steps to Advance Research

Footprints Campaign at T.J. Maxx is Well Underway


This April, the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) will continue its successful relationship with
T.J. Maxx
to raise funds for autism research during National Autism Awareness Month.

This year's Footprints program is underway
at nearly 800 stores throughout the United States and will run through April 17, 2005. T.J. Maxx invites customers to purchase a NAAR Footprint at check-out for a donation of $1. No purchase is necessary to make a donation and all proceeds will benefit NAAR. Last year the partnership raised more than $570,000 for NAAR.


"We are very grateful for our customers and our associates generosity last year and we are honored to once again team with NAAR for this years Footprints Campaign. Funding research for autism is a critical need as the incidence for autism continues to increase in this country and around the world

,” said Ted English, President and CEO of The TJX Companies, Inc.

“We are also very excited to expand our program to include a celebrity auction which we hope will raise additional funding for NAAR. We are especially grateful to the celebrities who took the time to autograph these puzzles for this great cause!"



To find a T.J. Maxx near your community, visit www.tjmaxx.com and click on the "Find a Store" link.


In addition to the Footprints program, T.J. Maxx is also hosting an online auction of educational puzzles autographed by a various celebrities, such as the cast of the hit CBS program, Joan of Arcadia, and others to raise additional funding for NAAR.


These signed puzzles will be auctioned off for 7 days via Ebay®, beginning on April 18, 2005.


The two autographed puzzles are:



·




The cast of the CBS program
Joan of Arcadia
(Joe Mantegna, Mary Steenburgen, Amber Tamblyn, Jason Ritter, Michael Welch, Christopher Marquette and Becky Wahlstrom)



·




Drew Carey of
The Drew Carey Show
, Dave Chappelle of
The Dave Chappelle Show
; Chris Noth, of
Law and Order: Criminal Intent
and Patricia Heaton of
Everybody Loves Raymond
.


The auction will begin on Monday, April 18th and run though Sunday, April 24th. Log on to www.tjmaxx.com/auction after April 18th to take part in the E-bay auction. 100% of proceeds raised through this exciting auction will go to NAAR.


“We are honored to partner with T.J. Maxx again in 2005 to raise critically needed funds for autism research and to broaden awareness about autism and the important role research plays,” said Prisca Chen Marvin, chair of the NAAR Board of Trustees, and the parent of a child with autism. “We are also grateful for the support of NAAR Honorary Board Member Joe Mantegna, the cast of Joan of Arcadia and all of the celebrities taking part in the auction to benefit NAAR. Together, we will unravel the mysteries of this devastating disorder.”






About T.J. Maxx

T.J. Maxx, a division of The TJX Companies, Inc., is a Massachusetts-based off-price retailer with close to 800 stores in 48 states. The chain sells brand name, designer merchandise and accessories at prices up to 60% less than department and specialty store regular prices, every day. For the nearest T.J. Maxx store, call 1-800-2TJ-MAXX, or visit tjmaxx.com, for great finds at terrific prices. The site is an easily accessible resource where new fashion and accessories are posted daily.