BENTONVILLE, Ark., April 29, 2011 – Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committing $1 million in cash and in-kind donations to support emergency relief efforts following the recent Southern storms, Midwest floods and Texas wildfires.
“Our thoughts are with those who have been impacted by the storms, tornados, floods and fires that have devastated many communities across the country. We have been in touch with emergency responders and are making sure essential items like food and water are available to those in distress,” said Rosalind Brewer, executive vice president, Walmart East, Walmart U.S. “Our company has a longstanding commitment to helping in times of disaster. We will continue to monitor the situation to help ensure essential needs of all impacted communities are being met.”
In addition to monetary contributions, the company’s donations will include critical supplies like water, food and first-aid kits delivered to organizations providing disaster relief in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
Walmart, known since Hurricane Katrina for its commitment to assisting communities during times of disaster, is a member of the Red Cross’s Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP). ADGP members pledge donations on an ongoing basis to allow the Red Cross to pre-position supplies and be ready to take immediate action when disasters occur.
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