Walmart will donate up to $10 million in cash and product to match
customer donations two to one.
HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed up to $20 million in
support of relief efforts in response to the severe weather impacting
the Gulf region. This includes $10 million focused on support of
American Red Cross shelters and $2 million in support of the Hurricane
Harvey Relief Fund at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, which
was announced today at a press briefing with Houston Mayor Sylvester
“Our Texas family of customers and associates are experiencing
devastating impact from this storm,” said Doug McMillon, President and
CEO of Walmart. “We are on the ground to help our friends and neighbors
in the Gulf region, and we’ll continue to be in the tough days, weeks,
and months ahead.”
“In the midst of the worst storm this region has ever seen, it is
wonderful to see corporate partners such as Walmart step up and help
Houstonians,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “We are rebuilding and with
these funds we will be able to help Houstonians return to normality. I
would like to thank Walmart President and CEO, Doug McMillon for his
generosity and challenge others to join in this effort.”
To help those in need, Walmart is launching a customer campaign with the
American Red Cross to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief. As part of
the customer campaign, Walmart is matching customer donations two to one
with cash and product donations of up to $10 million to support American
Red Cross disaster relief. Walmart’s initial focus will be on
mega-shelters, providing items to meet basic needs, such as water,
infant formula, diapers, underwear and personal hygiene products. We
will also aim to increase comfort in these shelters by providing items
such as TVs, DVDs, games and stuffed animals for children and healthy
snacks, such as fresh fruit.
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will also give additional cash and
product donations totaling $10 million to support the Salvation Army,
Feeding America, Convoy of Hope, Team Rubicon and the Hurricane Harvey
Relief Fund at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, as well as
other organizations assisting food distribution, sheltering and cleanup
This commitment is an increase from the previously announced $1 million
of in-kind donations for immediate relief. In addition, local stores in
the Gulf region have provided food, merchandise and other supplies, such
as baby formula, batteries and kayaks to first responders, the National
Guard, police and fire departments, churches and shelter organizations.
Additional relief efforts include:
Working to open our affected stores as quickly as possible. Texas is
home to nearly 600 Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs serving millions of
customers and employing more than 169,000 associates. As of this
release, 45 stores in affected counties have been reopened.
Centralizing relief efforts through the Walmart Emergency Operations
Center (EOC) which operates 24 hours a day in tracking storm impacts
and supporting our associates needs and well-being. The EOC also
facilitates store recovery, and is supporting community relief efforts
in the Gulf region. This includes shipments of emergency supplies to
multiple shelter operations in the area.
Working to help our associates in the impacted 16 counties of Texas.
We’ve received calls from more than 11,000 associates and are helping
in various capacities, such as access to earned wage and disaster
support assistance, setting up support centers in the impacted areas,
providing hot meals to families and proactively calling associates to
conduct wellness checks.
Shipping more than 1,060 truckloads to the impacted areas, including
over 930 truckloads of water.
Committing support to the George R. Brown Convention Center sheltering
operation in Houston through truckloads of food and water and small
comforts like board games, TVs, clothing and every day essentials.
Launching a mobile pharmacy staffed with Walmart pharmacists in the
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, with another
pharmacy being sent to Houston to provide prescription related
counseling at no cost to evacuees.
Providing subject matter experts in logistics and emergency management
to assist local emergency operations centers and with establishing
Walmart will continue to deliver water and emergency supplies to the
areas in greatest need throughout the region; including cleaning
supplies, pet food, batteries, diapers, baby formula, hand sanitizer,
first aid supplies, fans, generators, candles, flashlights, propane,
rainwear, tarps, gas cans and related items.
Walmart has a long history of providing aid in times of disasters,
helping communities prepare and recover by donating emergency supplies,
such as food and water, home and personal products. Since 2005, Walmart
and the Walmart Foundation have donated more than $60 million in cash
and in-kind donations in response to disaster events.
Customer Campaign Details
During the campaign, customers can donate any amount to the American Red
Cross at registers in Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs or on Walmart.com
and Samsclub.com. By texting WALMART to 90999 customers also have the
option to donate $10 via their wireless carrier.* For every $1 donated,
Walmart will contribute $2 worth of cash or, at Walmart’s option, needed
product to the American Red Cross, up to $10 million. Walmart’s product
contributions will be valued at Walmart’s cost. The campaign will run
from August 31, 2017 through September 6, 2017.
*A one-time $10.00 donation will be added to your mobile bill or
deducted from your prepaid balance. All donations must be authorized by
account holder. Must be 18 or older or have parental permission to
participate. Message and data rates may apply. Text STOP to 90999 to
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money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online,
and through their mobile devices. Each week, over 260 million customers
and members visit our more than 11,600 stores under 59 banners in 28
countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2017
revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million
associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in
sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity.
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About Philanthropy at Walmart
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart
Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day.
Walmart has stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.3 million
associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn,
employ millions of people. Our philanthropy helps people live better by
supporting upward job mobility and economic development for the retail
workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more
sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where
Walmart operates and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it
is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2
billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic
Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women
in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central
America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to
tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to
inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about
Walmart’s giving, visit http://www.foundation.walmart.com.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Aaron Mullins, 1-800-331-0085