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Aflac holiday duck laces up skates; will appear in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Aflac is once again teaming up with retailer Macy’s to produce and sell the 2014 version of the Aflac holiday duck.

The plush toy, an annual collector’s item, is a popular gift that gives back to the community, with the net proceeds for every duck sold being donated to the participating children’s cancer facility nearest to where it is purchased, the Columbus-based supplemental insurer said.

More than 350 Macy’s stores are participating this year across the country. Holiday Ducks are also available online at www.aflacduckprints.com.

This is the 14th year for the Aflac and Macy’s collaboration. All net proceeds go toward the treatment and research of children’s cancer.

The Aflac duck will once again appear in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The 88th edition of the iconic parade in New York City takes place Nov. 27 and will air on NBC. This the fourth year the duck has been in the parade.

The holiday duck comes in two sizes — a 6-inch version priced at $10 and the 10-inch for $15. Each version quacks the familiar “Aflaaaac” sound when squeezed.

Since 2001, more than $3 million has been raised from the holiday duck promotion, the company said.

In 1995, Aflac declared that childhood cancer would be its primary philanthropic cause. Since then, it has raised more than $92 million, including donations of more than $425,000 from the company’s independent sales agents each month. The firm has set a new goal of surpassing $100 million in contributions by the end of 2015.

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