Walmart and Sam’s Club stores raising money for WVU Children’s Hospital

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Walmart and Sam’s Club stores throughout West Virginia will soon be wrapping up a fundraising campaign for West Virginia University Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network.

The six-week campaign has raised nearly $200,000 since kicking off on May 1. The goal is to raise $300,000 by the end of the campaign on June 19.

In addition to selling the signature Children’s Miracle Network balloons at the registers, each store is also hosting various fundraising events such as bake sales, dress-down days, picnics and more. The Walmart Supercenter Store (#1714) in Fairmont is conducting a Million Penny Challenge that will conclude on June 12.

In 2009, Walmart and Sam’s Club stores in West Virginia raised nearly $280,000 for WVU Children's Hospital during the six-week Children’s Miracle Network fundraising campaign. Since 1991, Walmart and Sam’s Clubs have raised more than $6.8 million for WVU Children’s Hospital. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is named in their honor.

“The continued support we receive from Walmart and Sam’s Club stores is tremendous,” Cheryl Jones, R.N., director of WVU Children’s Hospital, said. “Our long-standing relationship with them has gone a long way in helping us care for every child who comes to our door.”

WVU Children’s Hospital is the only Children’s Miracle Network hospital in West Virginia. Each year, WVU Children’s Hospital provides care to more than 7,000 newborns and children, who come from every county in West Virginia and also from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Ohio. On average, 1,600 babies are born annually at WVU Children’s Hospital. Almost three-quarters of the deliveries are high-risk. WVU Children’s Hospital physicians provide care for children at the hospital in Morgantown and at clinics throughout the state.

For more information on Children’s Miracle Network, see www.childrensmiraclenetwork.org.
For more information on WVU Children’s Hospital, see www.wvukids.com.



For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
asj: 06-07-10

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