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Walmart & Sam’s Club Raise $222,000

Walmart and Sam’s Club associates are helping “put the money where the miracles are” again this year with a combined fundraising effort raising $222,719 for Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey following the annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals campaign. The fundraising efforts are part of a broader national effort that raised more than $35 million in support of the 170 member hospitals across the country.

“Our associates call the Harrisburg-Hershey area home and there is no greater show of unity and community pride than coming together with our neighbors to support the families served by Penn State Children’s Hospital,” said Walmart Regional Manager Randy Mummert. “We’re amazed by the unwavering commitment of our customers and members to help bring miracles to the lives of kids. Once again, they’ve answered the call and touched more lives through their generosity than words could ever hope to express.”

Funds will support life-saving equipment, family-centered programs and transformative research to help 100,000 kids annually at Penn State Children’s Miracle Network.

Watch a patient, Vinnie, visit the Walmart in Palmyra, Pa and hear his miracle story.

“Walmart and Sam’s Club associates’ support for children treated at our partner hospitals has always been rooted in an authentic desire to help kids in need,” said John Lauck, president and CEO, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “Their passion is amplified millions of times over by customers and members who believe in our mission to give kids a chance at a better life. Their incredible response to the store- and club-level fundraising efforts are inspiring and impactful.”

Walmart and Sam’s Club have supported Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for 30 years. Funds raised impact each of the 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which treat 10 million kids annually across North America. Hospitals utilize the funds based on what they need most — including lifesaving equipment and research, top therapy programs, charitable care and more.

Fundraising efforts have evolved over the last 30 years. While donations at the registers drive most of the fundraising at stores and clubs during the campaign, associates also get creative by hosting fundraising events, such as bake auctions, Zumbathons, pot-luck meals, cook outs, jeans days and more!

“The level of giving that our community continues to provide helps lift the spirits of the children and gives families the kind of heartfelt support that makes all the difference in the world,” said Danielle Sunday, director of Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Children’s Hospital. “We are appreciative of every Walmart and Sam’s Club associate and customer for helping us give sick and injured kids the gift of growing up!