St. Paul, Minn., 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. More than $496,000 was raised by 64 Walmart stores and 12 Sam’s Clubs across Minnesota and western Wisconsin that will benefit Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. 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-week fundraising campaign, customers, associates and members from Walmart and Sam’s Clubs across Minnesota and western Wisconsin came together to support the 2014 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” said Shane Miller, Walmart regional general manager. “Children are the heart of our community and Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare provides vital services to keep young lives moving forward. We are grateful for the community’s support and look forward to continuing our efforts to ensure the children in our community can live better.”
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.
“The longstanding support and fundraising activities of Walmart and Sam's Club allow Gillette to provide life-changing care and valuable resources to children and young adults in our community who have disabilities,” said Darlis Clausen, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals manager at Gillette. “We look forward to continuing our partnership for many years to come.”
To raise funds, local Walmart and Sam’s Club hosted a variety of fundraising activities such as golf tournaments, potlucks and themed days that propelled giving totals to exceed previous years. The retailer’s six-week campaign ran May 1 – June 13. Walmart and Sam's Club 2014 fundraising efforts will continue throughout the year at participating locations through various in-store activities.