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Walmart Gives $130,000 to 13 Nonprofits on the Fifth Day of Holiday Facebook Campaign

 Company funds organizations in Alabama, Connecticut, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Dec. 16, 2011 – On the fifth day of its “12 Days of Giving” Facebook campaign, Walmart is awarding $130,000 to 13 nonprofits that are helping restore communities after natural disasters. Over twelve consecutive days, Walmart will award a total of $1.5 million to 145 organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

Organizations being honored on the company's Facebook page today are serving communities in: Alabama, Connecticut, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming.

“At Walmart, we have a longstanding commitment to helping communities in times of natural disaster. This year was particularly tough with several regions being impacted by disasters across the nation,” said Julie Gehrki, senior director at the Walmart Foundation. “We want to remember these communities during the holidays to help brighten the season for those who have been through so much this year.”

Walmart’s call for nominations for its "12 Days of Giving" Facebook campaign resulted in more than 5,400 nominations from Facebook users who shared photos and short descriptions of a nonprofit’s impact in its local community. A panel from the Walmart Foundation reviewed submissions and selected nonprofits with a focus on organizations that are providing basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing and baby supplies.

The fifth day of giving highlights organizations that help restore communities after floods, wild fires, storms, tornadoes and other disasters by providing food, shelter, clean clothes and necessities, as well as emotional and financial support. Organizations being spotlighted today include:

 

Nonprofit Name  City State Grant Amount
AAF-US Adopt A Family Bastrop Texas $10,000
Abundant Life Christian Center    Joplin Mo. $10,000
Agape Bloomsburg Pa. $10,000
Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri   Springfield Mo. $10,000
First Baptist Church Trenton N.J. $10,000
Foodshare Bloomfield Conn. $10,000
Misti's Mission Joplin Mo. $10,000
Montgomery Area Food Bank Montgomery Ala. $10,000
People Assistance Food Bank Sheridan Wyo. $10,000
Recovery Warehouse Minot N.D. $10,000
South Hampton Elementary School Birmingham Ala. $10,000
The Salvation Army of Jacksonville Jacksonville N.C. $10,000
Washington County Food Pantry Blair Neb. $10,000

Including this campaign, the Walmart Foundation is providing more than $19 million in grants this holiday season. Click here for a complete list of recipient organizations.

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About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support initiatives that are helping people live better around the globe. In May 2010, Walmart and its Foundation made a historic pledge of $2 billion through 2015 to fight hunger in the U.S. The Walmart Foundation also supports education, workforce development, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness initiatives. To learn more, visit www.walmartfoundation.org.