Walmart and Sam’s Club customers and members were encouraged to “put their money where their miracles are,” during its six-week annual miracle balloon campaign from May 1 to June 13. UC Davis Children's Hospital partnered with 62 locations across the Sacramento region to raise $433,812, mostly one dollar at a time, raising over $3 million since the partnership began to help provide help patient visits for more than 74,000 kids each year.
“Walmart is committed to helping families across Northern California live better, and we’re proud to share in that commitment with our customers,” said Chester Gray, regional general manager for Walmart. “The money raised over the last six weeks will help thousands of children get the care they need. We thank each and every person who supported – and continues to support – Children’s Miracle Network.”
The miracle balloon campaign funds are crucial in providing support to its community by helping sick and injured children receive the necessary care. The funds raised helped open UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s state-of-the-art Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in 2011.
"The UC Davis Children’s Miracle Network benefits from this charitable giving and the miracles made daily," said Jacquelyn Kay-Mills, director of UC Davis Children's Miracle Network. "The partnership with Walmart and Sam's Club adds to our arsenal of hope and inspires us to continue our search for new and better treatments for our patients. Through our clinical, educational and research programs, thousands of lives are changing for the better."
Walmart has donated more than $2.2 million directly to UC Davis and continues to be a leader in sustainability and philanthropy. It became a leading sponsor of UC Davis’s Energy Efficiency Center when it pledged $500,000 in 2008 and recently renewed its commitment by pledging an additional $500,000 over five years. Walmart’s leadership has inspired other corporations to also invest in the energy efficient center, including Microsoft, SMUD and Goldman Sachs.
About philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, career opportunity and women's economic empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than 1 billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart's giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.