Donations stay local to help Siouxland kids
Walmart and Sam's Club associates, customers and members recently wrapped up a six-week campaign to raise funds for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) across the country. UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Children’s Miracle Network partnered with nine Walmart stores and one Sam’s Club in a 22-county region that stretches from Norfolk, Nebraska to Spirit Lake, Iowa. During the campaign, more than $77,300 was raised for St. Luke’s Children’s Miracle Network, which will be used to help provide life-saving equipment and services for nearly 16,000 pediatric visits each year. This is an impressive 42% increase in funds raised in comparison to last year. Nationally, through donations accepted at cash registers and in store fundraising activities, Walmart and Sam’s Club raised more than $42 million for the 170 hospitals that make up Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
“We are very pleased to once again increase our contribution to CMN Hospitals as we have each year since 1987,” said Celia Swanson, senior vice president of Global Associate Experience for Walmart and CMN Hospitals leading campaign supporter. “Over the course of our six-week campaign, we collectively raised more than $42 million that will be used to help save the lives of children across the United States. The significance of the dollars raised through this campaign is critical to sustaining health care access and excellence through the local Children’s Hospital network and I’d like to thank our associates, members and customers for their incredible generosity and commitment to their local communities.”
To raise funds, St. Luke’s Children’s Miracle Network partnered with local Walmart and Sam’s Club to host a variety of fundraising activities such as bake sales, flowers for Mother’s Day and potlucks – all in addition to donations collected from customers in the store. Gifts to St. Luke’s Children’s Miracle Network are used to purchase new equipment and supplies to support programs and services designed specifically for children and their families.
“Between this campaign and ongoing fundraising efforts within our Walmart’s and Sam’s Club, we expect these amazing associates will set a fundraising record in 2015 for this partnership,” said Anne Holmes, director of St. Luke’s Children’s Miracle Network. “Their employees have been working diligently on raising money for children’s health care in Siouxland. Several stores have seen a significant increase throughout the last year. For this campaign, the most notable was Walmart on Singing Hills Boulevard in Sioux City with a 185% increase and nearly $18,000 raised.”
Walmart and Sam's Club associates helped raise more than $800 million for sick and injured children since partnering with Children’s Miracle Network in 1987. Funds raised impact each of the 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which treat 1 in 10 children across North America. Hospitals utilize the funds based on what they need the most—typically for purchasing lifesaving equipment and, supporting top therapy programs.
The retailer’s six-week campaign ran May 4 – June 14. Walmart and Sam's Club 2015 fundraising efforts will continue throughout the year at participating locations through various in- store activities. For more information visit the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals website.