Bentonville, AR, August 29, 2005 –As Hurricane Katrina bears down on the Gulf Coast states, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has announced a donation of $1 million to The Salvation Army to provide early support for upcoming disaster relief assistance.
Currently, The Salvation Army is preparing to serve 400,000 meals per day to victims and first responders. Meals are being loaded onto 72 mobile canteens and two 54-foot mobile kitchens. The mobile feeding units will be dispatched into the most affected areas by FEMA, and will be followed, based on response needs, by other units The Salvation Army has at its disposal: trucks called comfort stations where residents can attend to personal hygiene; portable shower units; emergency response command stations for officers to direct the response efforts; and other equipment as needed.
Wal-Mart also is encouraging the general public to donate to emergency relief efforts through its 3,800 stores and CLUBS and through its Web sites. Beginning today on five of the company’s Web sites – www.walmart.com, www.walmartstores.com, www.samsclub.com, www.walmartfacts.com, and www.walmartfacts.com, and www.walmartfoundation.org – will be an area for the general public to find information and a link to make credit card donations to help victims of Katrina.
Also this week, Wal-Mart Stores, Neighborhood Markets and SAM’S CLUBS will be accepting customer donations nationwide at its facilities from any customer who would like to make a contribution for emergency relief assistance for Katrina victims and communities.
“We are looking at a massive support and clean-up effort due to this storm,” said Major Dalton Cunningham, Salvation Army Commander for the states of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. “We are appreciative of corporate leaders like Wal-Mart who continue to come through to help our communities in such times of need.”
More than 80 Wal-Mart stores are currently closed in the Gulf Coast states, but the company’s Emergency Operations Center is working 24/7 with its southeast distribution centers – all standing by as the storm passes to send truckloads of product to communities as stores re-open.
“We know that financial assistance early on is what enables organizations like The Salvation Army to meet needs quickly as these storms move through,” said Betsy Reithemeyer, vice president and executive director of the Wal-Mart & SAM’S CLUB Foundation. “We are all concerned and want to reach out with assistance as quickly as possible.”
About Wal-Mart Stores
More information about Wal-Mart’s disaster relief efforts can be found at www.walmartfacts.com. More information about the Wal-Mart & SAM’S CLUB Foundation is available at www.walmartfacts.com. More information about the Wal-Mart & SAM’S CLUB Foundation is available at www.walmartfoundation.org.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and SAMS CLUB locations in the United States. Internationally, the company operates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea and the United Kingdom. The companys securities are listed on the New York and Pacific stock exchanges under the symbol WMT. Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://www.salvationarmyusa.org.