WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Walmart and Sam's Club begin their 30th annual fundraising campaign for Children's National Health System in 61 stores across DC, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. From Aug. 28 to Oct 1., customers can donate at traditional and self-checkout registers and through store events and contests organized by associates.
Since 1987, local Walmart and Sam's Club stores have raised more than $8.5 million for kids and families at Children's National, and stores across the United States and Canada have raised nearly $1 billion for pediatric hospitals in partnership with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
"Our associates are strongly invested in fundraising for Children's National, our local Children's Miracle Network Hospital," said Clint Miller, manager of a local Walmart market. "I commend their passion and creativity during this campaign. Helping the community is part of our culture at Walmart, and we are honored to have this opportunity to change the lives of so many families across our region."
The Walmart and Sam's Club campaigns share the goal of giving every child the chance to live better, and their campaign slogan is #helpkidslivebetter. Donations directly benefit local children and families through innovative therapies, livesaving cures and compassionate care for every child treated at Children's National.
"The passion and commitment of Walmart and Sam's Club associates over the past 30 years has had an incredible impact on the patients and families we serve," said Kurt Newman, MD, president and CEO of Children's National. "These funds ensure that every child, from every background and every walk of life, can receive exceptional care."
About Children's National Health System Children's National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has been serving the nation's children since 1870. A Magnet® designated and Leapfrog Group Top Hospital, Children's National was named to the prestigious Honor Roll as one of the top 10 pediatric hospitals in the country in U.S. News & World Report 2017-18 Best Children's Hospitals survey. U.S. News also ranked the neonatology program at Children's National number one—the best among more than 1,500 neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) across the country—and four other Children's National services in the Top 10: Cancer (#7), Neurology and Neurosurgery (#9), Orthopedics (#9), and Nephrology (#10). With a community-based pediatric network, seven regional outpatient centers, an ambulatory surgery center, two emergency rooms, an acute care hospital, and collaborations throughout the region, Children's National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as an advocate for all children. For more information, visit childrensnational.org.