Walmart and Sam’s Club Associates Rally Behind Children’s Specialized Hospital to Raise over $277,000

Local Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, customers, and members recently wrapped up a seven-week campaign, collecting $277,276.98 on behalf of Children’s Specialized 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 44 locations held various in-store fundraising activities and asked customers and members at the register to help kids live better.

“We here at Walmart realize the huge benefits of these CMN fundraisers,” said Kelly Jensen, Walmart Field Representative Administrative Assistant who has been actively involved in CMN fundraisers for several years. “We’ve toured, met, and spoken with children and their families in our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital locations. We’ve seen the painful struggle, amazing strength, and heartwarming recoveries. Helping CMN in any way we can is fully rewarding.”

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.

“On behalf of Children’s Specialized Hospital, we are grateful for the compassion and generosity of our local Walmart and Sam’s Club employees and their customers,” said Keely Davenport, Program Manager, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “The funds raised by these stores will help improve the lives of sick and injured children throughout our 13 sites across New Jersey.”

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