Walmart and Sam’s Club Raise more than $200k for Children's Hospital & Research Center Foundation During Six-Week Campaign in Oakland

Fundraising helps Children’s Hospital provide patient visits for more than 100,000 kids each year

OAKLAND, Calif. (July 21, 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. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland partnered with 33 stores and clubs across the Bay Area to raise $209,623 to help provide patient visits for more than 70,000 kids each year. 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.

“Walmart believes in giving back to the local communities in which we live and work, and our partnership with Children’s Miracle Network gives us the opportunity to do just that,” said Chester Gray, regional general manager or Walmart. “The role our Bay Area customers play in this endeavor is vital, as well, and we’re so thankful for their support to help thousands of children in need.”

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.

“We are truly grateful for the support from Walmart customers and employees. This generosity has allowed UCSF Benioff Oakland to continue to provide the highest level of care to our local kids.” Katie Kendrick, Director Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Children's Hospital & Research Center Foundation.

To raise funds, Children's Hospital & Research Center Foundation partnered with local Walmart and Sam’s Club to host a variety of fundraising activities such as car washes, bake sales and BBQ’s that propelled giving totals to exceed previous years. Children's Hospital & Research Center Foundation will use the funds to provide lifesaving treatment to the more than 70,000 children we serve annually.  

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. For more information on the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, visit: www.CMNHospitals.org.

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About UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland (formerly Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland) is a premier, not-for-profit medical center for children in Northern California, and is the only hospital in the East Bay 100% devoted to pediatrics.  UCSF Benioff Oakland affiliated with UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco on January 1, 2014.  UCSF Benioff Oakland is a national leader in many pediatric specialties including hematology/oncology, neonatology, cardiology, orthopedics, sports medicine, and neurosurgery.  The hospital is one of only five ACS Pediatric Level I Trauma Centers in the state, and has one of largest pediatric intensive care units in Northern California.  UCSF Benioff Oakland has 190 licensed beds, over 500 physicians in 43 specialties, more than 2,600 employees, and a consolidated annual operating budget of more than $500 million.  UCSF Benioff Oakland is also a leading teaching hospital with an outstanding pediatric residency program and a number of unique pediatric subspecialty fellowship programs.