Walmart encourages customers to give back

SALT LAKE CITY — As part of its philanthropic efforts, Walmart is holding a fundraiser between now and Friday, June 21 benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Walmart is inviting customers and Sam’s Club members to make a $1 donation or more at the retailers’ more than 4,600 U.S. locations. Participants can add a “Miracle Balloon” donation during checkout, and 100% of all funds raised will go directly to the member hospital in the area. 

In 2012, Walmart and Sam’s Club efforts in U.S. and Canada helped raise more than $64 million, or an average of $122 per minute. During those 60 seconds, 62 North American kids entered a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for an injury or illness, of whom 11 required life-saving treatment in emergency rooms.

“Donations from Walmart and Sam’s Club customers and members each year are vital to provide what every child deserves — the opportunity to ‘live better’ by receiving the best in localized care,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “We are so appreciative of the give-back spirit and unwavering encouragement that associates bring to our fundraising campaign, and continue to be humbled by the generosity displayed every day at store registers.”

Since 1987, Walmart and Sam’s Club fundraising in the U.S. and Canada has provided more than $650 million for pediatric care. Funds are used by the community hospital depending on the greatest need — helping to provide needed charitable care, establish critical care wings, introduce therapy programs and fund specialized, life-saving treatment and equipment.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.7 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. 


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