Local Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members recently wrapped up a seven-week fundraising campaign, collecting $114,965 on behalf of Norton Children’s Hospital.
Walmart and Sam’s Club associates at 30 locations held various in-store fundraising activities and asked customers and members at check-out registers to help kids live better. It was part of a national campaign for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which resulted in nearly $37 million for member hospitals across the country.
“Our associates and customers are extremely passionate about helping families here in Louisville that seek treatment at Norton Children’s Hospital, and we are proud to give back,” said David Combs, Walmart market manager. “This campaign continues to grow and it is our hope that we are able to continue to support the Children’s Miracle Network for years to come.”
The donation will support Norton Children’s Hospital’s Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. Nearly 90,000 children a year seek care from the emergency medicine specialists at the hospital. Of those, more than 1,000 need the services of the downtown Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. These children experience complex injuries such as blunt force trauma, gunshot wounds, crush injuries, musculoskeletal and spine injuries, closed head and traumatic brain injuries, and abuse.
“The support from Walmart and Sam’s Club and their associates, customers and members will go a long way toward helping children and families in their darkest hours,” said Lynnie Meyer, Ed.D., R.N., CFRE, Norton Healthcare’s chief development officer. “We’re thankful that the entire organization and the community see the importance of providing this advanced care for children in our community.”
Since 2007 Walmart has donated $2 million to support Norton Children’s Level I Pediatric Trauma Center.