CEO Doug McMillon's Note to Associates on Hurricane Harvey

By Doug McMillon
August 30, 2017
Walmart Truck with "We've Got Grit" written on it

After four days, Hurricane Harvey continues to leave behind a wake of destruction far beyond what most people imagined.

Our hearts go out to our associates, customers and communities impacted by this unrelenting storm.

I’m proud of how so many of you are stepping up and helping out during this very difficult time. From volunteering and delivering more than 1,000 truckloads of water, food and other necessities; to providing diapers, blankets, fresh produce, toys and personal hygiene products to those living in shelters — you are making a difference for people suffering unimaginable loss.

Last week we made an initial commitment of $1 million to support the relief efforts. But as the extent of the devastation becomes clearer, we’ve decided to do even more. Walmart will give $20 million in cash and in-kind donations, including a two-to-one customer match. Our primary focus is to help ensure the health, safety and comfort of the people residing in mega shelters in Houston and Dallas. We’re staying in close contact with the Red Cross, government officials and our teams in Texas to understand how else we can help.

You’ve heard me say before that it’s the humanity of our people that sets us apart. This is who we are and this is what we do. Your commitment to the business, our customers and communities is undeniable and I could not be more proud. It’s this commitment I’m counting on in the coming weeks as we work to get affected stores and clubs back up and running and help restore our communities. We are simply better together. Thank you.