September 17, 2004
To use the MoneyGram service free-of-charge to send a donation to the American Red Cross, visit your local Wal-Mart store during regular business hours.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Gus Whitcomb
BENTONVILLE, Ark., Sept. 17, 2004 Ð People wishing to donate money to the American Red Cross to help Hurricane Ivan victims can do so free-of-charge via the MoneyGram wire transfer service at Wal-Mart. Using the service ensures donations will be immediately available for Red Cross relief efforts.
"We want to ensure people receive assistance as quickly as possible," said Jane Thompson, president of Wal-Mart Financial Services. "Using a wire transfer service eliminates mail delivery and check processing time from the equation."
To use the MoneyGram service free-of-charge to send a donation to the American Red Cross, visit your local Wal-Mart store during regular business hours. Inform the Wal-Mart associate that you would like to send a donation via MoneyGram ExpressPayment to the Hurricane Ivan/Caribbean American Red Cross Fund at Receive Code 3825. You will receive a receipt that notes your charitable contribution.
Additionally, from now through Sept, 30, 2004, Wal-Mart is also reducing its fee by 50 percent to wire funds from the United States to the Cayman Islands, Grenada and Jamaica, all recovering from the devastation wrought by the recent hurricane. The fee to send US$300 to any of these three destinations will be US$4.72. For transactions over US$300, the fee will be 2 percent of the amount sent. Customers will want to check which MoneyGram locations are operational in these countries in advance by calling 1.800.926.9400.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and SAMS CLUB locations in the United States. Internationally, the company operates in Puerto Rico, Canada, China, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, United Kingdom, Argentina and South Korea. The companys securities are listed on the New York and Pacific stock exchanges under the symbol WMT. Last year, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. contributed more than $150 million to support communities and local non-profit organizations. Customers and associates raised an additional $70 million at stores and clubs.