SALT LAKE CITY (May 7, 2013) Beginning May 7 through June 21, Walmart customers and Sam’s Club members can help “Every child live better” by making a donation of $1 or more at the retailers’ 4,600+ U.S. locations to support their area’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.
Customers and members can quickly add a “Miracle Balloon” donation during checkout this spring, with 100 percent of funds flowing directly to the member hospital. Donations provided each year—with most given $1 at a time—have added up to a serious beneficial impact on children’s health.
In 2012, Walmart and Sam’s Club efforts in U.S. and Canada helped raise more than $64 million, or an average of $122 per minute. During those 60 seconds, 62 North American kids entered a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for an injury or illness, with 11 alone entering an emergency room for life-saving treatment.
“Donations from Walmart and Sam’s Club customers and members each year are vital to provide what every child deserves — the opportunity to ‘live better’ by receiving the best in localized care,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “We are so appreciative of the give-back spirit and unwavering encouragement that associates bring to our fundraising campaign, and continue to be humbled by the generosity displayed every day at store registers.”
Since 1987, Walmart and Sam’s Club fundraising in the U.S. and Canada has provided more than $650 million for pediatric care. Funds are used by the community hospital depending on the greatest need—helping to provide needed charitable care, establish critical care wings, introduce therapy programs, and fund specialized, life-saving treatment and equipment.
To find your Children’s Miracle Network Hospital or for more information and to help kids in your community, visit www.CMNHospitals.org .
About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.7 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at www.CMNHospitals.org .
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