Local Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members recently wrapped up a seven-week campaign, collecting more than $530,000 on behalf of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. It was part of a national campaign for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals which resulted in nearly $37 million for member hospitals across America.
Donations poured in Aug. 29 to Oct. 16, as Walmart and Sam’s Club associates at 132 locations held various in-store fundraising activities and asked customers and members at the register to help kids live better. Associates at Walmart store No. 1513 in Palm Harbor raised more than $25,000 during the campaign for the seventh year straight. The store hosted its annual inter-company softball tournament for the whole Tampa Bay region and has a goal of raising $25,000 each year for 10 consecutive years.
It’s amazing and astounding how much of an impact we have had in our local community through the annual CMN campaign,” said Tina Gardner, store manager at the Palm Harbor Walmart Supercenter. “For me personally, I’ve been touched by the great work done at a CMN hospital, and I know many of my associates have as well. Very simply, that’s what drives us to raise more than any other store in the area year after year.”
“We are extremely grateful for the efforts of those Walmart and Sam’s Club associates who raise money to help our brave patients fighting disease and illness,” said Jenine Rabin, executive vice president of All Children’s Hospital Foundation. “By inviting shoppers to give $1 or more at the register, these associates are supporting our kids and helping us invest in research for new discoveries and better therapies for them and future patients.”
The fall campaign is the most recent in annual fundraising by the retailers. Walmart and Sam’s Club associates have collected nearly $1 billion for sick and injured children since partnering with the charity in 1987. Funds raised through Walmart and Sam’s Club impact each of the 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which treat one in 10 children across North America. Hospitals utilize the funds based on what they need most — typically providing lifesaving equipment and research, supporting top therapy programs and providing charitable care.
For more information on Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, visit: www.CMNHospitals.org.
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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.