August 28, 2017
SALT LAKE CITY – Local Walmart and Sam’s Club stores are once again joining forces to raise money for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago during the annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) campaign.
Walmart and Sam’s Club associates customers and members have raised $21,340,844.01 for Lurie Children’s since 1987. On a national level, Walmart and Sam’s Club are closing in on the $1 billion fundraising mark for CMN Hospitals in the U.S. and Canada.
Money is raised primarily through a register campaign where customers and members contribute $1 or more when they check out. Associates also fundraise in other ways including bake sales, in-store contests and events.
The 2016 campaign raised $1,422,138.47 for Lurie Children’s.
Fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals helps kids like Victor who was injured when a tree fell on him while he was cleaning up after Hurricane Matthew last year. Victor’s mother is a support and personnel manager at a Walmart Neighborhood Market and has been an active fundraiser for CMN Hospitals. Little did she know that her own son would need the services of her local CMN Hospital. Thanks to his hospital, Victor is doing well and is back to setting records on his high school track team.
This year’s register campaign runs from Aug. 28 to Oct. 1. Customers and members can conveniently donate $1 or more when they check out at any Chicago area Walmart or Sam’s Club stores.
Money raised at Chicago area Walmart and Sam’s Club stores goes directly to benefit the sick and injured kids treated at Lurie Children’s. Funds are used to pay for equipment, research, supplies, charitable care and a variety of other needs the hospital has.
Walmart and Sam’s Club joined the CMN Hospitals fundraising family in 1987 with Sam Walton himself being personally involved in the beginning of the relationship between the organizations. The fundraising campaigns support Walmart’s goal of giving back to local communities.
Customers and members can help spread the word about the campaign via social media using the hashtag #HelpKidsLiveBetter.
Founded in 1882, Lurie Children’s is the pediatric training ground for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and one of only a handful of U.S. children’s hospitals with a dedicated pediatric research center, Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute. Last year, the hospital treated more than 174,000 patients.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.