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Kids ‘R’ Kids of Clayton Exceeds Fundraising Commitment for Johnston Health Foundation’s “All In Red” Campaign by 75% $700 in donations will increase heart health awareness and bolster the JHF Heart Fund

(Left to Right: Back row: Roseanne Schroetter, Tara Abernathy, Jessica Medlin, Sol Halliburton, Heather Stowe, Chelsea Whine Front row: Gus Webster, Owen Plessinger)

CLAYTON, NC (February 22, 2021):  Kids ‘R’ Kids of Clayton (KRK of Clayton) rallied their community, employees, students and their parents to raise $700 on behalf of #All in Red, an eight-day, county-wide community engagement initiative aimed at increasing heart health awareness and raising dollars in support of the Johnston Health Foundation’s (JHF) Heart Fund. KRK student body President, Owen Plessinger, and Vice President, Gus Webster, proudly presented the proceeds to Executive Director, Sol Halliburton and Development and Events Coordinator, Jessica Medlin of Johnston Health Foundation.

An annual sponsor of this very worthwhile and important fundraising event, KRK of Clayton eclipsed their 2021 commitment by 75%, selling paper hearts to parents during drop off and pick up of their children in the Kids ‘R’ Kids “Kiss N’ Go” carpool lane every morning and afternoon, as well as through the KRK of Clayton Facebook page. The hearts were then personalized and displayed across the windows and walls of the school. There was even a very generous anonymous Facebook donor from out of state who said, “I want every student to have a heart, even if they can’t afford it”. 

Franchise Owner, Tara Abernathy, “This being a very challenging time for our community, we were very happy to give our support for JHF but also thrilled that our community showed up to support this great cause as well.” Despite the challenges from the pandemic, owners Greg and Tara Abernathy have been dedicated to keeping jobs for their employees, showing continued community support, and adapting education to new family lifestyles.

All In Red Presenting Sponsor, Cardiologist Dr. Matthew Hook states, “I love that the All In Red Campaign draws attention to the early prevention of heart disease and the timely reaction to heart attacks.  It’s a community-based endeavor to make our county healthy.  I love Johnston County, and our residents deserve the best care we can provide.”


With a love of children at their core, each Kids ‘R’ Kids facility is family-owned and operated by local residents to ensure a solid sense of community. Everyone associated with Kids ‘R’ Kids prides themselves with a desire to provide the absolute best for the children in their care and, therefore, provides: a safe and secure, state-of-the-art environment; peace of mind with secure online video monitoring of all classrooms; creative, fun, and technology-driven accredited educational programs; dedicated, highly-trained, and personable teachers and staff; nutritious meals, prepared onsite, that exceed USDA guidelines; and convenient drop-off and pick-up with flexible hours. For additional information about CDC-compliant Kids ‘R’ Kids of Clayton, visit, or call (919) 550-8864.