Walmart and Sam’s Club Associates Raise more than $370K for Children’s Hospital Foundation during Six-Week Campaign
Donations stay local to help Oklahoma’s kids
Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members recently wrapped up a six-week campaign to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) across the country. Children’s Hospital Foundation partnered with 74 stores and clubs across Oklahoma and was able to raise $370,490 – a 15% increase from previous years.
“We are very pleased to once again increase our contribution to CMN Hospitals as we have each year since 1987,” said Celia Swanson, senior vice president of Global Associate Experience for Walmart and CMN Hospitals leading campaign supporter. “Over the course of our six-week campaign, we collectively raised more than $42 million that will be used to help save the lives of children across the United States. “The significance of the dollars raised through this campaign is critical to sustaining health care access and excellence through the local Children’s Hospital network and I’d like to thank our associates, members and customers for their incredible generosity and commitment to their local communities.”
To raise funds, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals partnered with local Walmart and Sam’s Club to host a variety of fundraising activities such as bake sales, carnivals and sports tournaments. Children’s Hospital Foundation will be using the funds to purchase a DNA sequencer. With a goal of raising $2 million over the next three years, Walmart and Sam’s Club are positioned to easily achieve their goal.
“In the Oklahoma market, Walmart and Sam’s Club have been some of our largest corporate donors for many years,” said Jan Dunham, director of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “We are grateful for their consistent support, which continues to grow and expand each year.”
Walmart and Sam’s Club associates and team members helped raise more than $800 million for sick and injured children since partnering with Children’s Miracle Network in 1987. Funds raised impact each of the 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which treat 1 in 10 children across North America.
The retailer’s six-week campaign ran May 4 – June 14. Walmart and Sam’s Club 2015 fundraising efforts will continue throughout the year at participating locations through various in- store activities.