A seven-week campaign by Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members raised more than $155,000 for the Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital as part of a national campaign for the Children’s Miracle Network. The campaign, which raised close to $37 million nationally for member hospitals in the Children’s Miracle Network, will help fund critical medical care for children.
“The Willett Children’s Hospital is the only children’s hospital in all of southeast Georgia. We care for more than 70,000 children every year. Without this service in Savannah, families in our region would have to leave their homes, schools, and support systems to get the care they need,” said Maggie Gill, president and CEO of Memorial Health, which owns the Willett Children’s Hospital.
Donations were collected between August 29 and October 16, as Walmart and Sam’s Club associates at 132 locations held various in-store fundraising activities and asked customers and members at the register to help kids and their families during a medical crisis.
“The Walmart Foundation is proud to support Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital as it provides incredible, lifesaving care to children from all across the region,” said Paul Lewellen, regional vice president in the southeast at Walmart.
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.