COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A recent seven-week campaign by Walmart and Sam's Club associates, customers and members raised more than $95,000 for Midtown Medical Center.
The fundraiser is part of a national campaign for the Children's Miracle Network and will help fund critical medical care for children. The campaign also raised close to $37 million nationally for member hospitals in the Children's Miracle Network.
"The generous support from customers and associates at Walmart and Sam's Club means so much and will allow us to make an impact on our smallest and most precious patients," said Aline Lasseter, President of Columbus Regional Health Foundation. "The money goes towards initiatives, like our new pediatric specialty program so families do not have to travel to Atlanta or Birmingham for the care. We can't thank them enough for this incredible support!"
Donations were collected between August 29 and October 16, as Walmart and Sam's Club associates at 132 locations held various in-store fundraising activities and asked customers and members at the register to help kids and their families during a medical crisis.
"The Walmart Foundation is proud to support Midtown Medical Center as it provides incredible, lifesaving care to children from all across the region," said Paul Lewellen, regional vice president in the southeast at Walmart.
The fall campaign is the most recent in annual fundraising by the retailers. Walmart and Sam's Club associates have collected nearly $1 billion for sick and injured children since partnering with the charity in 1987.
Funds raised through Walmart and Sam's Club impact each of the 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which treat one in 10 children across North America.
Hospitals utilize the funds based on what they need most — typically providing lifesaving equipment and research, supporting top therapy programs and providing charitable care.
For more information on Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, visit their website at this link.