Aflac Holiday Duck Plays Santa's Little Helper for Children Facing Cancer

Aflac and Macy's to Share Some Elf-like Magic this Season of Giving

02 Nov, 2015, 16:15 ET from Aflac

COLUMBUS, Ga., Nov. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Aflac, the leading provider of voluntary insurance in the United States, proudly introduced its 2015 Aflac Holiday Duck today. The Company is also pleased that it will once again partner with Macy's for another season of giving back to the community. The plush duck, an annual collector's item, is a popular gift that is sold at Macy's across the nation and online at Aflacduckprints.com. As with every year since 2001, all the net proceeds are being donated to the participating children's cancer facility nearest to where it is purchased. More than 300 Macy's are participating this year, which marks the 15th year that Aflac and Macy's have teamed up for this important cause.

This year the Holiday Duck is in an especially helpful mood, decked in the green garb of a Christmas elf with red trim. When you squeeze his bottom, he will bellow his famous "Aflaaac", putting smiles on faces for a great cause.

"In our 60th year as a company, after we recently announced that we eclipsed $100 million in the fight against childhood cancer, there is no better way to express our commitment to eradicating this terrible disease than dressing up our iconic duck in an outfit that says, 'I am here to help,'" Aflac Foundation President Kathelen Amos said. "Macy's has been with us every step of the way in this journey and together, we are confident that the outpouring of generosity of the season will move us closer to our goal."

The Holiday Duck comes in two sizes. The six inch version is priced at $10 and the 10 inch version is listed at $15. Since 2001, more than $3 million has been raised from the sale of these warm, fuzzy tokens of happiness.

"The iconic Aflac Duck is a must-have keepsake every holiday," said Amy Kule, group vice-president of Macy's Parade & Entertainment Group. "Over the course of our 15 year partnership, Macy's and Aflac have helped to raise awareness and more importantly - valuable funds to help in the fight against childhood cancer with the sale of this adorable duck. We encourage all families to take one home this holiday season."

As part of Aflac's comprehensive Duckprints campaign, the company currently donates $2 to the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta for any social activity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #Duckprints and for every viewing of a Duckprints-related video on YouTube or the other social channels mentioned above. As an added feature for 2015, Aflac created a new holiday-themed on-line game at aflacduckprints.com.  Each time the fun and festive game is played; another $2 is donated to the Aflac Cancer Center.  There is also a QR code on the hangtag of the holiday duck that links directly to the game.

In 1995, Aflac made childhood cancer its primary philanthropic cause. People interested in finding out more can go to Aflacduckprints.com, where they can not only purchase a holiday duck or play our new game, but they can find out how to become more involved with the mission.

About Aflac

When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fast. For nearly six decades, Aflac insurance policies have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. In the United States, Aflac is the leading provider of voluntary insurance at the worksite. In Japan, Aflac is the number one life insurance company in terms of individual policies in force. Aflac individual and group insurance products help provide protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. For eight consecutive years, Aflac has been recognized by Ethisphere magazine as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies. In 2014, FORTUNE magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the 16th consecutive year. Also, in 2014, FORTUNE magazine included Aflac on its list of Most Admired Companies for the 13th time, ranking the company number one in the life and health insurance category. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac, visit aflac.com or espanol.aflac.com.

Aflac herein means American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus and American Family Life Assurance Company of New York.

Media contacts – Jon Sullivan, 706.763.4813 or jsullivan@aflac.com

Analyst and investor contact – Robin Y. Wilkey, 706.596.3264 or 800.235.2667, FAX: 706.324.6330, or rwilkey@aflac.com.

Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20151102/282882

Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100423/CL92305LOGO

SOURCE Aflac



RELATED LINKS

http://www.aflac.com