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Walmart and Sam’s Club Associates Raise More than Half a Million for Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego

San Diego County CA— 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 (CMN Hospitals) across the country. Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego partnered with Walmart and Sam Club’s stores across San Diego and was able to raise $502,906. Nationally, through donations accepted at cash registers and in-store fundraising activities, Walmart and Sam’s Club raised more than $42 million for the 170 hospitals that make up Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

“We are so proud of the support our associates, customers, and Sam’s Club members gave in helping raising funds for Rady Children’s Miracle Network Campaign this year,” said Angela Wilson, Regional General Manager for Walmart in San Diego County. “Together we are working to make a difference in the lives of so many children. This campaign is proof that when we work together, we all live better.”

In addition to asking customers for donations at the register, stores hosted a variety of fundraising activities to help the kids at Rady Children’s through the Hospital’s Hope & Healing Fund. This program helps fund lifesaving technology and research, provides a safety net for children with little or no medical insurance and creates a healing environment designed to enrich the experience of patients and their families. With Walmart’s contributions to the fund, Rady Children’s is able to help fulfill the highest and greatest needs of the hospital and make a significant impact on the health of children in the community.

“We are so grateful for the incredible support of Walmart leadership, associates and customers. For more than 28 years, Walmart has helped to provide hope and healing for our families,” said Carol Damon-Scherer, Vice President of Development for Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation.  “Many special programs rely on community support to operate, and with Walmart’s support, Rady Children’s will be better equipped to provide the excellent patient care we are known for nationwide.”

Walmart and Sam’s Club associates have helped raise more than $800 million for sick and injured children since partnering with Children’s Miracle Network in 1987. Funds raised 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 and supporting critical programs.

The retailer’s six-week campaign ran May 4 – June 14. Walmart and Sam’s Club’s 2015 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.


About Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, the largest children’s hospital in California based on patient admissions, is a 520-bed pediatric care facility providing the largest source of comprehensive pediatric medical services in San Diego, Southern Riverside and Imperial counties. Rady Children’s is the only hospital in the San Diego area dedicated exclusively to pediatric healthcare and is the region’s only designated pediatric trauma center. In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked Rady Children’s among the best children’s hospitals in the nation in all ten pediatric specialties the magazine surveyed.  For more information, visit www.rchsd.org and find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

About Walmart

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, we serve nearly 260 million customers who visit our 11,508 stores under 65 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenue of $486 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

About Philanthropy at Walmart

By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. We have stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit www.foundation.walmart.com.