Walmart's "12 Days of Giving" Facebook Campaign Sparks Holiday Spirit Across the U.S. through $1.5 Million in Grants to 140

 Walmart's "12 Days of Giving" Facebook Campaign Sparks Holiday Spirit Across
          the U.S. through $1.5 Million in Grants to 140 Nonprofits

On the "First Day of Giving" Walmart Gives $100,000 to Organizations Feeding
Hungry Children

PR Newswire

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Dec. 10, 2012

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --The holidays just got a
little brighter for nonprofits around the country as Walmart begins announcing
the winners of its second annual "12 Days of Giving" campaign. Today, on its
first day of giving, Walmart awards $100,000 to 10 nonprofits for their
important work to feed hungry children in local communities. This special
holiday gift is part of the more than $1.5 million that Walmart will give away
to 140 grant recipients in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. over the next 12
days. The winning nonprofits were selected from more than 21,677 nominations
submitted in November by Facebook users who felt compelled to enter and
describe the community impact made by their favorite nonprofit.

"The number of nominations from around the country this year was truly
extraordinary—nearly four times as many nominations as last year's campaign,"
said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Walmart Foundation. "We were
inspired by the support from thousands of people around the country who took
the time to nominate organizations they felt needed assistance this holiday
season. By helping us to identify those organizations doing great work, we
will be able to make an impact in the local communities that need it most."

Submissions were initially reviewed by Walmart associates from across the
company and then a panel from the Walmart Foundation selected the winning
organizations that focus on providing basic needs such as food, shelter,
clothing as well as services such as medical care and job training. The
winners have been organized into categories to be announced on each of the "12
Days" and will be spotlighted on the Live Better tab on Walmart's Facebook
page daily through Dec. 21:

  oDay 1: Feeding Our Children
  oDay 2: Supporting Our Seniors
  oDay 3: Honoring Those Who Give (Volunteers)
  oDay 4: Recognizing the Face of Hunger
  oDay 5: Building a Brighter Future (Children)
  oDay 6: Supporting our Military and Veterans
  oDay 7: Fueling Lifelong Careers (Job Training)
  oDay 8: Helping Communities Rebuild (Disaster Relief)
  oDay 9: Providing Shelter
  oDay 10: Fighting Hunger
  oDay 11: Shaping Healthier Futures (Medical & Emotional Support)
  oDay 12: Providing Warmth to Our Neighbors (Clothing Donations)

The organizations being honored today include:

Nonprofit Name                              City           State  Grant Amount
Angels of Action                            Big Rapids     Mich.  $10,000.00
Bags of Hope Central Florida                Longwood       Fla.   $10,000.00
Blessings in a Backpack – Blackshear        Houston        Texas  $10,000.00
Elementary
Community Services Clearinghouse Inc.       Fort Smith     Ark.   $10,000.00
Community's Child                           Lomita         Calif. $10,000.00
Feed Lucas County Children                  Toledo         Ohio   $10,000.00
Help 4 Kids                                 Murrells Inlet S.C.   $10,000.00
Kids Food Basket                            Grand Rapids   Mich.  $10,000.00
Three Square Food Bank                      Las Vegas      Nev.   $10,000.00
Westmoreland Community Action               Greensburg     Pa.    $10,000.00

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better
through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally,
Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it
serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving:
Hunger Relief and Nutrition, Sustainability, Workforce Opportunity and Women's
Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight
against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015.
To date, Walmart has donated more than 1 billion pounds of food to those in
need across the country. To learn more about Walmart's giving, visit
foundation.walmart.com.

SOURCE Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Website: http://walmartstores.com
Website: http://foundation.walmart.com/
Contact: Tara Raddohl, 1-800-331-0085, http://news.walmart.com/reporter
 
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