The AGS Cares Program has stepped up its support for various charities across the country in recent months, donating $9,050 to five charities that work to improve the lives of children, veterans, impoverished people and animals, both here and overseas, according to a news release.

“We announced earlier this year that we are donating a portion of our ad sales to support several charities that are making a positive difference in the world, and we are following through with our pledge,” said AGS President Brian Schaeffer, adding that checks totaling $9,050 were sent to five charities during the month of October.

The AGS Cares Program donations included:

  • $1,150 for The Doris Day Animal League: Founded in 1987 by Doris Day, the group works to reduce the pain and suffering of animals though legislative initiatives, education and programs to enforce statutes and regulations that have already been enacted to protect animals. The group, which merged with the Humane Society of the United States in 2006, strongly encourages the spaying and neutering of companion animals. www.ddal.org
  • $2,250 for KOA Care Camps: A non-profit charity of the KOA Owners Association, KOA Care Camps send kids with cancer to special camps where they can enjoy camping and recreational experiences at no charge to their families. Created in 1984, the program has grown to support 48 KOA Care Camps as of 2011. www.koacarecamps.com
  • $1,150 for IMAHelps: Headquartered in Rancho Mirage, Calif., IMAHelps organizes annual humanitarian missions to provide critical healthcare services, including cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries, to some of the poorest communities in Latin America and Asia. IMAHelps medical teams include general internal medicine doctors, plastic and maxillofacial surgeons, pediatricians, OB-GYNs, dentists, prosthetists and physical therapists. Last year, a team of more than 80 IMAHelps volunteers provided healthcare services to more than 12,200 patients in Esteli, Nicaragua. Medical missions are scheduled for this summer in Jinotega, Nicaragua and Yushu, Tibet. www.imahelps.org
  • $2,250 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. It’s also the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. www.stjude.org
  • $2,250 for Wounded Warrier Project: This non-profit organization was set up to provide post 9/11 veterans with a variety of programs to nurture wounded veterans’ minds and bodies, while encouraging their economic empowerment and engagement. Services include a combat stress recovery program, family support retreats, adaptive sports programs and soldier bicycle rides. The group also provides veterans who have lost multiple limbs with secondary rehabilitation for prosthetic care to maximize their mobility and help them regain independence through the organization’s partnership with Hangar Prosthetics and Orthotics. www.woundedwarriorproject.org 

AGS announced its charitable giving program in late February with a $3,500 donation, which was split between the five charities listed above.

Based in Crowley, AGS provides guest guides and website services for more than 600 campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across the U.S. and Canada. Texas Advertising acquired AGS from Good Sam Enterprises LLC last year.

AGS plans to make subsequent donations to the charities on a quarterly basis. For more information about AGS, visit its website at  www.agspub.com