Getting to the Heart of Christmas
Belle Harbor School in New York
Dec. 21, 2012
P.S. 114 in the Rockaways was one of the schools hardest hit by Sandy. The Belle Harbor School lost almost everything in the hurricane, including its gym, teachers’ lounge and auditorium.
Walmart helped give back much that was lost including new instruments for the band, new sporting equipment for the gym, new computers for the classrooms, new art supplies for the students and more. Since many of these students also lost a lot personally due to Hurricane Sandy, Walmart gave each student a holiday gift of their own.
Inner-City Arts in Los Angeles
Dec. 20, 2012
Located across the street from Skid Row, Inner-City Arts provides a safe and creative environment for kids in one of the toughest neighborhoods.
The TODAY Show and Walmart surprised elementary school children and instructors at Inner-City Arts to help the kids keep on their creative path. The organization was given the creative tools needed to keep these children dreaming, drawing, photographing, acting and more. Nearly 150 elementary school children also walked away with a Christmas gift of their own. In addition, Walmart provided a $100 gift card to each of the graduating seniors of the program to help make their transition a little easier. The Walmart Foundation also pledged to sponsor a class next year.
Bishop Martin and the Community of Possum Trot, Texas
Dec. 14, 2012
In the small town of Possum Trot, Texas, one selfless bishop and his wife are changing the lives of more than 75 foster children.
This holiday season, Walmart and the TODAY Show surprised the community of Possum Trot with an abundance of food, clothes and other necessities for the individual families in the community as well as for the community's Youth Center. A Christmas gift was also given to each of the foster children, and Bishop W.C. Martin was surprised with $15,000 worth of Walmart gift cards to help him throughout the year.