Wal-Mart Opens Gift Registry for Hurricane Katrina Victims

Wal-Mart Opens Gift Registry for Hurricane Katrina Victims

1,358 Storm Victims Have Already Registered for Needed Items at Wal-Mart Stores,  Supercenters and Walmart.com

Bentonville, Arkansas, Sept. 12, 2005 – More than 1,300 Hurricane Katrina victims have signed up for items they need through a new hurricane gift registry at Wal-Mart stores and online at Walmart.com.

“So many friends and family members want to help hurricane victims in a tangible, personal way, and this registry is helping,” said Pam Kohn, senior vice president for Wal-Mart.  “Storm victims list items that they really need, and friends or family members can buy items for them at our stores or online.”

By this morning, 1,358 storm victims had registered for items.  The registry opened last Thursday.

Here’s how it works:
-Storm victims register for items by visiting a gift registry kiosk at Wal-Mart Supercenters and discount stores in the U.S., or online at Walmart.com
-Friends or family members who want to purchase items for storm victims can go to the gift registry kiosk at Wal-Mart stores, or click on “Gift Registry” at Walmart.com.  They enter the name of a storm victim and select the items they wish to purchase. 
Items purchased online can be shipped directly to the recipient; items purchased at stores must be shipped by the sender. 

The registry is just one more service that Wal-Mart is providing to help hurricane victims. 

  • The company has set up an Emergency Contact Service that allows Wal-Mart associates and customers to post messages and search for loved ones at in-store kiosks,  Walmart.com, walmartfacts.com, walmartstores.com, samsclub.com and walmartfoundation.org websites.  More than 41,000 people have accessed the message board.
  • Wal-Mart donated more than 150 computers to Red Cross Shelters, giving access to evacuees to communicate through the Internet.
  • As of Monday, Wal-Mart had dispatched 2,500 trailer loads of water and emergency supplies and products to the affected areas, including more than $3 million in donated merchandise to relief shelters and impacted areas.
  •  Wal-Mart has donated $17 million in cash to aid emergency relief efforts, including $15 million to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund, $1 million to the Salvation Army and $1 million to the American Red Cross.  Customers can still donate at all store and clubs or online to the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund through www.walmartfacts.com, www.walmartfacts.com, www.walmart.com, www.walmartfoundation.org, www.walmartstores.com, www.samsclub.com.
  • Additionally, Wal-Mart has donated the use of 18 vacant facilities to various relief agencies.  More buildings are being evaluated for potential uses.  These are free of charge, and Wal-Mart is covering all utility costs.

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