News Release

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Contact: Greg Raver-Lampman (757) 668-7554 Greg.Lampman@chkd.org

Walmart raises $318,494 for CHKD --

Suffolk store ranks 6th in the nation for fund raising

HAMPTON ROADS, Va – The region’s Walmarts and Sam’s Clubs raised $318,494 for CHKD during a six-week campaign, selling $1 “miracle balloons” to customers who wanted to contribute.

That total is more than double the $154,004 raised last year.

The Walmart on North Main Street in Suffolk ranked 6th in the nation for the amount of money raised, collecting $44,831 during the campaign.

During the miracle balloon campaign, the region’s 21 Walmarts and four Sam’s Clubs competed to sell the most miracle balloons. The miracle balloons were signed by customers and festooned the stores.

"Walmart is committed to helping CHKD provide world class medical care to the children of our community,” said Chris Mehler, Walmart market manager for Eastern Virginia. “The generosity of our customers and the efforts of our associates in support of our six-week campaign is nothing short of amazing. Sam Walton said that Walmart is made up of ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things. This is truly an extraordinary accomplishment. I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to our team and our customers for making it happen."

Part of a nationwide fund raiser coordinated by Walmart and Children’s Miracle Network since 1987, the campaign has generated more than $460 million for children’s hospitals since it started.