04/22/2005

 

Wal-Mart Surpasses $300 Million Raised for Children’s Miracle Network

 ‘Miracle Months’ now in progress at Wal-Mart stores and SAM’S CLUB locations nationwide

                

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Children’s Miracle Network announced that Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., has reached an incredible milestone in the organization’s history – donating and raising more than $300 million nationwide for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals across the United States and Canada in the past 18 years. Since 1991, Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB in West Virginia and areas of Ohio have raised more than $4 million for WVU Children’s Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va. These funds help support programs and purchase equipment to treat the more than 7,500 children that are admitted there each year. 

Donations made to Children’s Miracle Network directly benefit 170 children’s hospitals. Wal-Mart participation in “Miracle Months” – April through June – has grown to 3,700 Wal-Mart stores, SAM’S CLUB locations, Neighborhood Markets and Distribution Centers, providing a large support base for local children’s hospitals.

“Wal-Mart’s associate-based fund raising is unprecedented,” said Mick Shannon, co-founder of Children’s Miracle Network. “In addition to contributions made through the Wal-Mart & SAM’S CLUB Foundation, associates nationwide band together every year to carry out grassroots fund raising efforts at their locations to help local children’s hospitals – and they engage the customers and community to take part.  It’s a unique approach that works extremely well.”

Through bake sales, softball and golf tournaments, fashion shows and other activities during “Miracle Months,” including the sale of Children’s Miracle Network balloons at store registers, Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB efforts have helped fund new medical services, as well as life-saving research into childhood diseases such as pediatric cancer, cystic fibrosis and pediatric AIDS. 

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For more information:
Sarah Opel, WVU Children’s Hospital (304) 293-6454
opels@rcbhsc.wvu.edu
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