Contribution helps Children’s fund new facility for patient families
Omaha, Neb., July 17, 2014 – Walmart and Sam's Club associates, customers and members recently wrapped up a six-week campaign to raise funds for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) across the country. Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha partnered with 47 stores and clubs across Nebraska, western Iowa and northern Kansas to raise $345,262 for Children’s new Carolyn Scott Rainbow House, a temporary “home away from home” for families with children in the hospital who live more than 60 miles from Omaha.
Nationally, through donations accepted at cash registers and in-store fundraising activities Walmart raised more than $40.2 million for the 170 hospitals that make up Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and helps CMNH provide patient visits for more than 10 million kids each year.
“During the six weeks of our fundraising campaign, Omaha residents continually demonstrated the importance of community,” said Mindy Ellis, Walmart regional general manager. “With the help of Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, members and customers, local hospitals like the Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha have become an even better place for pediatric care. The donations from this year’s fundraising efforts will allow sick children to receive the exceptional care they deserve. On behalf of Walmart and Sam’s Club, we are sincerely thankful for everyone’s contributions.”
This year's campaign is the most recent in annual fundraising by the retailers, as Walmart and Sam's Club have collected more than $740 million since partnering with the charity in 1987. Walmart and Sam's Club funds impact each of the 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which treat 1 in 10 children across North America. Hospitals utilize the funds based on what they need the most—typically for purchasing lifesaving equipment, supporting top therapy programs and providing charitable care.
Children’s new Carolyn Scott Rainbow House, which will offer 56 guest rooms, more space and improved amenities, will welcome families in early 2015. In 2013, the Rainbow House served 2,000 families from nearly 30 states. There’s no formal charge to stay at the Rainbow House—just a small suggested donation of $10 per day—and no one is turned away if they are not able to pay.
The retailer’s six-week campaign ran May 1 through June 13. Walmart and Sam's Club 2014 fundraising efforts will continue throughout the year at participating locations through various in- store activities. For more information on the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals visit: www.CMNHospitals.org.