RAPID CITY, S.D. (Oct. 18, 2018) – Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members in the Black Hills region put their money where the miracles are during the annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising campaign.
Black Hills area communities raised $46,986 for Regional Health. The effort was part of a national campaign by Walmart and its subsidiary Sam’s Club that raised $36.5 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals this year – putting the total raised by Walmart 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 five locations in the Black Hills and eastern Wyoming held various in-store fundraising activities and asked customers and members at the register to help kids live better.
Money raised at local Walmart and Sam’s Club stores directly benefits the kids treated at Regional Health. Funds are used to purchase state-of-art medical equipment, provide patient comfort items, create and sustain programs for families and provide other services for ill and injured kids in our communities.
“The $1 billion raised by Walmart and Sam’s Club customers, members and associates has changed the world of children’s health care,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of 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 affect 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 therapy programs and providing charitable care.
For more information on Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, visit: www.CMNHospitals.org.
About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
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.
Regional Health is an integrated health care system with the purpose of helping patients and communities live well. The organization, with headquarters in Rapid City, S.D., provides community-based health care in more than 20 communities in two states and 32 specialty areas of medicine. As the largest private employer in western South Dakota, Regional Health is comprised of five hospitals, 24 clinic locations and employs nearly 5,000 physicians and caregivers. Regional Health is committed to the future of medicine, with medical training partnerships, a medical residency program, and more than 130 active research studies. For more information, go to www.regionalhealth.org.
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