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Walmart and Sam’s Club Locations Raise Vital Funds for Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Donations Collected May 1 – June 11 through the CMN Hospitals Campaign Stay in Your Community to Help Local Kids

LITTLE ROCK— From May 1 through June 11, Walmart customers and Sam’s Club members can help change children’s lives by making a donation of $1 or more to Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), the regional Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Walmart and Sam’s Club locations across Arkansas, eastern Texas, northern Louisiana and eastern Oklahoma will be raising funds for ACH during the six-week period.

Customers and members can quickly add a “Miracle Balloon” donation during checkout, with 100 percent of funds flowing directly to ACH. Donations provided each year — with most given $1 at a time — have had a significant impact on improving children’s health in Arkansas.

In 2013, Walmart and Sam’s Club raised more than $1.3 million for ACH, which is the only pediatric hospital in the state. The funds raised through Walmart and Sam’s Club help thousands of children each year, including kids like 6-year-old Anna from Jonesboro, who was born prematurely; 4-year-old Dyer from Rogers who woke up one morning with a dislocated neck; and 2-year-old Kenzie Ford from Hope, who was born with dwarfism.

“Each and every gift made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital makes a difference, whether it’s $1, $5 or $10,” said Jennifer Selig, director of development for ACH. “We are incredibly grateful to Walmart and Sam’s Club associates and customers for making kids a priority. Every cent donated at a Walmart or Sam’s Club location stays right here in Arkansas and helps the hospital create possibility for children.”

All funds raised during the Walmart and Sam’s Club campaign will be celebrated as part of a larger fundraising effort. Arkansas Children’s Hospital is currently in the midst of the Century of Possibility Campaign, which will raise $160 million in support of pediatric care, research, education and prevention programs at the hospital. The campaign has already raised $149 million and will conclude in December 2014.

Since 1987, Walmart and Sam’s Club fundraising across North America has provided more than $700 million for pediatric care. Funds are used by the community hospital to meet the greatest need — helping to provide necessary charitable care, establish critical care wings, introduce therapy programs, and fund specialized, life-saving treatment and equipment.

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