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Local Walmart/Sam’s Club associates, customers and members raise $243,203 for sick and injured children receiving care at Via Christi hospitals, clinics

Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members put their money where the miracles are during Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Ascension Via Christi’s fundraising campaign. 

They raised $243,203 for children receiving care at Via Christi hospitals and clinics. The effort was part of a national campaign for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals that raised more than $36.5 million, putting the total raised in the U.S. and Canada since 1987 over the $1 billion mark. 

“Research done by Engage for Good shows that the cumulative $1 billion in cash raised for CMN Hospitals over the years by Walmart and Sam’s Club represents the largest amount ever raised for a nonprofit by one company in North America,” said David Hessekiel, president of Engage for Good, a trade group that tracks cross-sector efforts to generate positive social and business impacts.

Donations poured in Aug. 27 to Oct. 7, as Walmart and Sam’s Club associates at 36 locations held various in-store fundraising activities and asked customers and members at the register to help kids live better.

“CMN Hospitals fundraising is important to me because we get to help local kids and families needing assistance or medical care,” said Aaron Roman, Walmart associate at store #3103 in Goddard, Kansas. “I get to meet these families and learn their personal stories as they participate in the important fundraising activities at my store in Goddard.”

The dollars raised will be used to enhance pediatric services and continue innovative care technologies at Via Christi hospitals and clinics and provide direct assistance to the families in their care with the costs of prescriptions and durable medical equipment.

“The $1 billion raised by Walmart and Sam’s Club customers, members and associates has changed the world of children’s healthcare,” said John Lauck, president and CEO, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “Because of their generosity, tens of millions of kids across the U.S. and Canada are living better.”

Walmart and Sam's Club funds impact each of the 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which treat one in 10 children across North America. Hospitals use the funds based on what they need most — typically providing lifesaving equipment and research, supporting top therapy programs and providing charitable care. 

For more information on Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, visit: www.CMNHospitals.org.

About Roz Hutchinson

Roz Hutchinson is a Wichita wife, mother and chief spoiler of six grandkids and three Chihuahuas, a die-hard women's basketball fan, and director of Communications and Public Relations for Ascension Via Christi.