HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Nov. 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHOS) is hosting its annual “Wish Week,” a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish®, this holiday season. The Wish Week opportunity will allow shoppers to purchase items at Black Friday prices before Thanksgiving. From November 16-22 at all Sears Outlets and from November 19-22 at all Sears Hometown, Appliance and Hardware Stores and Home Appliance Showrooms, customers can make a $5 donation to Make-A-Wish to receive exclusive Black Friday pricing.

“Through our Wish Week promotion, we hope to give our customers the opportunity to avoid the crowds on Thanksgiving and sleep in on Black Friday,” said Will Powell, Chief Executive Officer and President of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. “Our customers have told us they value giving back and their support of our annual holiday Make-A-Wish campaigns over the past years have been incredible.”

In addition to Wish Week, Sears is accepting donations for Make-A-Wish from November 2 to December 31 to help Make-A-Wish reach its goal of granting the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.

The partnership between Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. and Make-A-Wish started in 2014. Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores has since established a committee dedicated to year-round fundraising efforts for Make-A-Wish®. The company expects to surpass $5 million in donations by the end of their 2017 holiday campaign, “Season of Wishes,” bringing the total number of life changing wishes granted to over 500.

“Every year we strive to give more because we have seen the positive impact a wish has on a child facing a life-threatening illness,” said Powell. “Our store owners, franchisees and associates believe we have a responsibility to do good things to support the community we serve. This partnership with Make-A-Wish inspired us to create our own program in 2016, called SHOwecare, to seek more opportunities to support communities across a variety of organizations’ charitable campaigns on the local and national level.”

“Supporting Make-A-Wish and other charities year-round gives our team and customers the ability to make a real difference,” said Powell. Here is an incredible video that shows just one of the many wishes that the company has had the privilege to be involved in granting.

About Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHOS) is an independent national retailer, with a license to use the Sears brand name, primarily focused on selling home appliances, lawn and garden equipment, tools and hardware. As of November 10, 2017, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. and its dealers and franchisees operated 924 stores across all 50 states as well as in Puerto Rico and Bermuda. In addition to merchandise, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. provide consumers with access to a full suite of services, including home delivery, installation and extended service contracts.

Operating through two segments—the Sears Hometown and Hardware segment and the Sears Outlet segment—Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. and its subsidiaries offer franchise and dealership opportunities focused on selling, as applicable, top brand home appliances, hardware, tools, lawn and garden equipment and outlet merchandise. For more information about Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores, Inc., visit www.shos.com. To learn about the opportunity to own and operate a store format, visit www.ownasearsstore.com.

About Make-A-WishMake-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world's leading children's charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 28,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 35 minutes. It has granted more than 270,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,800 in 2015 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at http://www.wish.org to learn more.

For more information contact: Ellie Halter, Fishman Public Relations, at (847) 945-1300 or ehalter@fishmanpr.com or visit the corporate website at www.shos.com.

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