Breaking News

Tweet TWEET

Sam's Club Gives Holiday Cheer to Families and Small Businesses

       Sam's Club Gives Holiday Cheer to Families and Small Businesses

Grants Fulfill Home and Business Wish Lists, Access to Training

PR Newswire

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Dec. 5, 2012

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Sam's Club announced a
series of grants and donations totaling $869,000 to support growth and success
of U.S. small businesses and bring holiday cheer to business owners and
families in need across the country.

In an unprecedented effort to expand year-round support for small business
growth and success, Sam's Club and the Sam's Club Giving Program have forged a
collaboration with national non-profit SCORE to provide more than $500,000 in
supplies, training and holiday spirit to 102 U.S. small businesses (two in
each state plus Washington, DC). Furthermore, Sam's Club and non-profit Off
the Field Players Wives Association will huddle in mid-December for a $220,000
shopping spree to benefit 22 U.S. families in need through The Salvation Army.
In total, Sam's Club will provide $869,000 to help SCORE and the Salvation
Army in their missions to create jobs and aid families this holiday season.

"Our collaborations with SCORE, The Salvation Army and Off the Field allow
Sam's Club to provide the tools and goods our communities need to enter the
New Year with increased confidence and optimism," said John Boswell, senior
vice president of marketing, member insights and ecommerce for Sam's Club.
"Everyday our associates strive to positively impact the lives of local
families and small businesses that are so important to the fabric and success
of our country. The Christmas season is certainly no exception."

Holiday Cheer for Small Businesses

In collaboration with SCORE, an organization dedicated to helping small
businesses grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship,
Sam's Club will provide 102 businesses nationwide – 2 in every state and in
Washington, DC - with a $1,000 gift card to purchase merchandise critical to
run their business. Sam's Club also provided a $547,000 grant to SCORE to
provide travel and access for the 102 chosen recipients to a 2-day "High Speed
Growth Seminar," a special training program featuring key executives and
workshops on attracting customers, branding, online marketing and developing a
sales plan. The grant will also fund continued regional and local training
with SCORE mentors.

"Our mission is to grow successful businesses across America, one at a time,"
said W. Kenneth Yancey, Jr., CEO, SCORE. "Small businesses truly are the
backbone of our economy, particularly during lean times. With the support of
Sam's Club this holiday season, these small businesses will be in a position
to take the critical next step in their evolution."

Two of those small businesses include Revelle Academy and Sweet Robichaux.
Revelle Academy offers the largest selection of music and dance classes in
Sarasota, Fla., while home-based Sweet Robichaux of Gonzales, La., specializes
in locally made sweets, treats and confections for events. The 102 small
businesses were chosen based on each business's need and commitment to ongoing
learning and growth. To see a full list of small businesses benefitting from
the Sam's Club – SCORE alliance, visit SamsClub.com/giving.

Giving Back to Families

For the sixth consecutive year, Sam's Club has teamed up with Off the Field, a
non-profit organization comprised of wives of active and retired professional
football players, to bring joy to families through The Salvation Army with
shopping events in 11 cities nationwide. In total, 220 families – 20 per city
– will receive a combined $220,000 in food and holiday gifts, including
clothes, personal items, electronics, toys and essentials from Sam's Club.
Recipient families were pre-selected by The Salvation Army.

The shopping events with Off the Field for The Salvation Army will be held
Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Sam's Club locations in select U.S. cities including:
Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Miami,
New Orleans, Phoenix and Pittsburgh.

"Being a part of these shopping events is a rewarding experience for all of
the volunteers involved," said Ericka Lassiter, president, Off the Field. "It
is programs like these that embody the spirit of the holiday season."

A recent Sam's Club study on Holiday Cheer reported that more than 85 percent
of American consumers get more cheer from giving than they do receiving. To
learn more about grants through the Sam's Club Giving program and simple ways
to give back to the community, visit www.SamsClub.com/giving.

About Sam's Club Giving

Sam's Club supports community-based programs that empower young people,
families and small businesses to make smart choices that lead to healthy and
bright futures. In 2011, Sam's Club and the Sam's Club Giving Program made
cash and in-kind contributions of more than $101.3 million which included
donating more than 38 million meals.

About Sam's Club

Sam's Club®, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is the nation's
eighth largest retailer and a leading membership warehouse club offering
superior products and services to more than 47 million members in clubs across
the U.S., as well as in Brazil, China and Mexico. Members save an average of
34 percent over traditional retailers. To learn more about Savings Made
Simple®, visit SamsClub.com, and look for Sam's Club on our Mobile and iPad®
Apps.

SOURCE Sam’s Club

Website: http://www.samsclub.com
Contact: Carrie Foster, 1-800-331-0085, SamsClub.com/newsroom