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Walmart Gives $110,000 to 11 Nonprofits on the Seventh Day of Holiday Facebook Campaign

 Company funds organizations in California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Dec. 18, 2011 – On the seventh day of its “12 Days of Giving” Facebook campaign, Walmart is awarding $110,000 to 11 nonprofits that provide housing and shelter for those in need. As part of its twelve consecutive days of giving, 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: California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania.

“Being home for the holidays is an essential part of the season’s tradition for many of us,” said Julie Gehrki, senior director at the Walmart Foundation. “The nonprofits we are honoring today help those who may not have a permanent home to have a warm place to stay through the holidays.”

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 seventh day of giving highlights organizations providing affordable housing, safe shelters, meals, necessities and housing resources for homeless women, children and families. The organizations being spotlighted today include:

Nonprofit Name  City  State Grant Amount
Christian Love Help Center and Shelter, Inc.  New Castle  Ind. $10,000.00
Covenant House California Oakland Calif. $10,000.00
Lockport CARES Emergency Homeless Shelter   Lockport N.Y. $10,000.00
Opportunity House Reading Pa. $10,000.00
Plumb Place Emporia Kan. $10,000.00
Sioux City Crittenton Center, Youth Emergency Shelter Sioux City Iowa $10,000.00
The Ave Maria House Fort Wayne Ind. $10,000.00
The Lighthouse Shelter Marion Ill. $10,000.00
The Salvation Army Buffalo N.Y. $10,000.00
The Wish Project Goods Bank Lowell Mass. $10,000.00
Union Rescue Mission Los Angeles Calif. $10,000.00

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.