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Walmart Gives $70,000 to 14 Nonprofits Providing Warm Clothing on the 12th Day of “12 Days of Giving” Holiday Campaign


Walmart awards grants to organizations from Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Vermont, Virginia and Washington

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Dec. 21, 2012 – On the 12th day of its “12 Days of Giving” holiday campaign, Walmart is awarding $70,000 to 14 nonprofits that provide warm clothing to those in need in their local communities. One of the winning organizations, Assistance League of Yuma, serves its community by using proceeds from their thrift store to provide clothing, shoes, hats and more to children in need. Operation School Bell allows the organization to bring groups of students from rural schools twice a year to get clothing.

Over twelve consecutive days, Walmart has awarded a total of $1.5 million to 140 organizations across the country that are providing basic needs and services such as food, shelter, clothing and medical care. Organizations receiving grants today are featured on Walmart’s Live Better tab on Facebook. The organizations serve communities in: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.

“As temperatures drop, many people lack the resources to buy clothes to keep themselves and their families warm throughout the winter,” said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Walmart Foundation. “The local organizations selected today are meeting this need in their communities with donations of cold-weather essentials such as socks, coats and gloves.”

Walmart’s November call for submissions resulted in more than 21,677 nominations from Facebook users who submitted descriptions of each nonprofit’s impact in its local community. Submissions were initially reviewed by Walmart associates from across the company and then a panel from the Walmart Foundation selected the winning organizations.

The organizations being spotlighted today for “Providing Warmth to Our Neighbors” include:

Assistance League of Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM $5,000

Big House Foundation
Opelika, AL $5,000

Carrie’s Kids
Bismarck, ND $5,000

Clothes for Kids
Lynnwood, WA $5,000

Dream Center Peoria
Peoria, IL $5,000

Erie Uplink
Erie, CO $5,000

Fair Haven Concerned
Fair Haven, VT $5,000

Goodie Two Shoes Foundation
Las Vegas, NV $5,000

Mohawk Valley School District 17 (The Assistance League of Yuma)
Roll, AZ $5,000

100 Good Women
Lawrence, KS $5,000

Operation Coal Christmas
Pound, VA $5,000

The Salvation Army of East Chicago
East Chicago, IN $5,000

Shoes That Fit
Claremont, CA $5,000

Southwestern Clothes Closet
Hanover, IN $5,000

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 Nutrition, Sustainability, Workforce 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. To date, Walmart has donated more than 1 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.