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Massachusetts and New Hampshire Wal-Mart and Sam's Club Stores Raise $270,000 for Boston Children's Hospital


Boston, MA (July 15, 2009)- Local Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores joined a nationwide campaign to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN), an international non-profit that raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals in the United States. Money raised through CMN in Massachusetts and New Hampshire supports patient care, research, medical training and community health initiatives at Boston Children's Hospital. Sixty-three Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations in the Boston market raised nearly $270,000 for Boston Children's Hospital.

Top local Massachusetts and New Hampshire Wal-Mart stores include:

  • North Oxford, MA: $30,990 (the 4th highest fundraising Wal-Mart store nationwide)
  • Whitinsville, MA: $21,304
  • Epping, NH: $14,845
  • Leicester, MA: $14,108

 

During the six-week campaign, Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members were invited to make a donation to their local CMN hospital at the register. Additional in-store fundraisers such as bake sales and pot luck lunches were held to bolster fundraising efforts.

For the first time, a “virtual balloon” allowed customers to make a $1, $2, $5 donation, or a donation in an open amount, upon checkout. The change from paper balloons to the virtual balloon model supports Wal-Mart’s core value of sustainability, according to Margaret McKenna, president of the Wal-Mart Foundation.

“We’re grateful that Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club associates and customers have become such important partners in our mission to serve the thousands of families who visit us for life-saving care,” said Carola Cadley, Boston Children’s Hospital Trust Associate Vice President, Corporate Development and Marketing. “Every dollar raised strengthens our ability to care for kids.”

“Our annual fundraising campaign allows for customers to donate directly to their local Children's Miracle Network hospital, providing much-needed funding to sick and injured children,” said McKenna. “We are proud of our associates who have embraced Children's Miracle Network as an important cause, and stepped up their efforts to raise $15 million.”

The retailer’s support for Children’s Miracle Network began in 1987. Since then, Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members have raised more than $460 million for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

About Boston Children's Hospital: Boston Children's Hospital, an internationally renowned center for medical research and treatment, is one of the only pediatric hospitals nationwide that focuses on pairing world-class research with clinical resources to develop novel therapies to treat and cure children. Many of the hospital’s scientific advancements have far-reaching implications for treating adults, too – they target diseases including prostate and breast cancer, macular degeneration, and Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit www.childrenshospital.org.

About Philanthropy at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) and the Wal-Mart Foundation are proud to support the charitable causes that are important to customers and associates in their own neighborhoods. Through its philanthropic programs and partnerships, the Wal-Mart Foundation funds initiatives focused on creating opportunities in education, workforce development, economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness. From February 1, 2008 through January 31, 2009, Wal-Mart – and its domestic and international Foundations – gave more than $423 million in cash and in-kind gifts globally. To learn more, visit www.Wal-Martfoundation.org.

About Children's Miracle Network
Children's Miracle Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals. Each year, the 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals provide the finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries of every kind. To learn more go to ChildrensMiracleNetwork.org.

Press Contact:
Amy Sweeney

Boston Children's Hospital
617-355-4102

 


Boston Children's Hospital: Boston Children's Hospital, an internationally renowned center for medical research and treatment, is one of the only pediatric hospitals nationwide that focuses on pairing world-class research with clinical resources to develop top therapies to treat and cure children. Many of the hospital’s scientific advancements have far-reaching implications for treating adults, too – they target diseases including prostate and breast cancer, macular degeneration, and Alzheimer’s. www.childrenshospital.org

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