Funds donated to The American Red Cross and Salvation Army as southern states continue to be impacted by urgent weather
BENTONVILLE, Ark., May 7, 2010 –Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committing $250,000 in cash and in-kind donations to support emergency relief efforts in Tennessee. The funds, committed to The American Red Cross and Salvation Army, will help purchase critical supplies like water, food and diapers.
Walmart and Sam’s Club operate 37 locations in Nashville and the surrounding areas that are being impacted by the storm. Currently all Walmart and Sam’s Club locations, with the exception of one facility in Ashland City, Tenn., are operating with normal business hours.
“We’ve been in touch with emergency responders and are making sure essential items like food and water are available to those in distress,” said Margaret McKenna, president of the Walmart Foundation. “Our company has a longstanding commitment to help in times of disaster. Residents of Nashville are facing difficult times and we’re here to help.” Walmart, known since Hurricane Katrina for its commitment to assist communities during times of disaster, is also working in Mississippi to help the victims of tornadoes that struck the region last week. The company is pledging an additional $75,000 to residents impacted there. “We’ll continue to monitor the situation and look for opportunities to help and ensure that essential needs are being met,” added McKenna.
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Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support the charitable causes that are important to customers and associates in their own neighborhoods. The Walmart Foundation funds initiatives focused on education, workforce development, economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness. From Feb. 1, 2009 through Jan. 31, 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $512 million in cash and in-kind gifts globally, $467 million of which was donated in the U.S. To learn more, visit www.walmartfoundation.org.