PRNewswire 14-Sep-2018 10:14 PM
BENTONVILLE, Ark., Sept. 14, 2018
BENTONVILLE, Ark., Sept. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- With a catastrophic storm, flooding and power outages hitting the Eastern Seaboard, Walmart and Sam's Club are launching a customer campaign to assist impacted communities with hurricane relief. Walmart is matching customer donations to Foundation For The Carolinas. As part of the Walmart 2018 Relief Fund at Foundation For The Carolinas, Walmart will match customer donations two-to-one with cash donations up to $5 million for disaster response and recovery.
"Our associates and friends have been significantly impacted by this devastating storm," said Dan Bartlett, executive vice president of corporate affairs for Walmart Inc. "We've seen over the years that our customers all across the country stand ready to help their fellow citizens when mother nature hits. So we're proud to provide a way to support their generosity during this great time of need."
Starting Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, customers will be able to donate online and at Walmart and Sam's Club registers. Amounts donated to the Walmart 2018 Hurricane Relief Fund at Foundation For The Carolinas will support organizations helping with local relief efforts including supporting shelter, food, comfort and emergency assistance for those in need. Walmart's matching commitment is in addition to $500,000 of in-kind donations that Walmart has already committed for immediate relief.
Walmart has a long history of providing aid in times of disasters, helping communities prepare and recover by donating emergency supplies, such as food and water, home and personal products. In addition to last year's hurricane response of more than $38 million, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than $60 million since 2005 in cash and in-kind donations in response to disaster events.
Customer Campaign Details
During the campaign, customers can donate to the Walmart 2018 Hurricane Relief Fund at registers in Walmart stores and Sam's Clubs or on Walmart.com and Samsclub.com. For each $1 donated from September 15, 2018 to September 21, 2018, Walmart will contribute $2, up to $5M, to the Walmart 2018 Hurricane Relief Fund at the Foundation for the Carolina. This will fund efforts to prepare for, respond to and recover from Hurricane Florence and any other hurricanes that impact the U.S. and its territories this year.
Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 265 million customers and members visit our more than 11,200 stores under 55 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2018 revenue of $500.3 billion, Walmart employs over 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. Walmart has stores in 27 countries, employing more than 2.2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. Our philanthropy helps people live better by supporting upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where Walmart operates and inspiring our associates to give back. To learn more about Walmart's giving, visit http://giving.walmart.com/foundation
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