Sunshine Ace Hardware raised $3,800 during its three-day Children’s Miracle Network Blue Bucket Days campaign to help provide life-changing medical care for children across the region. 

Sunshine Ace customers were able to purchase a limited-edition, blue 5-gallon bucket for a $5 donation, and in return, they received a 20% discount on nearly everything they could fit inside the bucket. Customers purchased 760 buckets from Aug. 6-8 across the company’s stores in Bonita Springs, Bradenton, Golden Gate, Largo, Marco Island, Naples, Port Charlotte and San Carlos Park. 

“I can’t think of a better cause to support than world-class health care for children in our area,” said Michael Wynn, president of Sunshine Ace Hardware. “Each time we host a fundraising campaign for Children’s Miracle Network, our generous customers always open their hearts and rise to the challenge, and the Blue Bucket Days campaign was no different.” 

Donations raised at Sunshine Ace Hardware stores in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties will support Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers. Donations at Sunshine Ace Hardware in Pinellas County and Crowder Bros. Ace Hardware stores in Manatee County will support Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. 

Children’s Miracle Network is Sunshine Ace Hardware’s primary charity partner. The locally owned company raised $95,000 in 2020 to support the nonprofit organization. Since 1991, Ace Hardware has raised more than $140 million for Children’s Miracle Network, including $17.9 million in 2020. 

In addition to Blue Bucket Days, Ace Hardware also is donating $1 to Children’s Miracle Network for every gallon of Benjamin Moore, Clark+Kensington, Royal and Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines paint sold from Aug. 6-8.