Walmart Commits $1 Million in Response to Typhoon Haiyan
Funds will support emergency relief efforts throughout the Philippines
BENTONVILLE, Ark., Nov. 15, 2013
BENTONVILLE, Ark., Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Walmart (NYSE: WMT) and
the Walmart Foundation are committing $1 million (USD) to the Red Cross and
Save the Children for emergency relief efforts in response to needs created by
Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The donation includes funds given by the
Walmart Foundation and Walmart's international operations.
In addition to the $1 million donation, Walmart is making it easy for U.S.
customers and associates to make personal contributions to relief efforts by
setting up online sites for donations to the Philippines through the Red Cross
at http://www.redcross.org/cm/walmart-pub and
"Giving back to our communities, especially in a time of need, is part of our
culture at Walmart," said Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Walmart
International. "A crisis only reinforces that commitment, and our thoughts are
with the people affected by this disaster. We're proud to help the Red Cross
and Save the Children get vital assistance to the Philippines as quickly as
Funds donated by Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will focus on addressing
immediate needs. It is a top priority of both the Red Cross and Save the
Children to ensure the health and safety of those affected, particularly
children. Both organizations are providing relief for immediate needs such as
nutritious food, medical supplies and health care. Additionally, Save the
Children will set up Child Friendly Spaces to help children cope with trauma
and fear in the wake of this devastating storm.
"Thanks to the generosity of Walmart, the Red Cross is able to provide
critical support to Typhoon Haiyan survivors in the Philippines now and as
they rebuild and recover," said Neal Litvack, chief development officer at the
American Red Cross.
"With devastation of this scale we wanted to quickly mobilize our resources to
help those in need and Walmart has the ability to do that," said Kathleen
Mclaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation. "Our thoughts are with
everyone who has been impacted by the devastation in the Philippines,
including our customers and associates across the world who have ties to the
Walmart has a long history of supporting communities impacted by disasters
around the world. Most recently, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation
contributed cash and in-kind donations to relief efforts that included the
tsunami in Japan, the tornados in Joplin and Oklahoma City, and the 2010
earthquakes in Haiti and Chile.
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 & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career 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.
Walmart has donated more than 1 billion meals to those in need across the
country. To learn more about Walmart's giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to
victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches
skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports
military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit
organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American
public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org
or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
About Save the Children
Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in
need, with programs in 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to
inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve
immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health,
education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize
rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict
and natural disasters. www.savethechildren.org
SOURCE Walmart International
Contact: U.S., Megan Murphy, 1-800-331-0085, news.walmart.com/reporter; or
Asia, Anthony Rose, +852 6307 0088
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.