BENTONVILLE, Ark., Dec. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — On the sixth day of its
“12 Days of Giving” holiday campaign, Walmart is awarding $110,000 to 11
nonprofits that are making an extraordinary effort to support troops, military
families and veterans in their local communities. One of the winning
organizations, Operation Homefront Oklahoma/Arkansas, serves its community by
providing food and financial assistance to military families and wounded
warriors. The organization also works to prevent homelessness among young
military families and combat veterans.
Over twelve consecutive days, Walmart will award a total of $1.5 million to
140 organizations across the country that are providing basic needs and services
such as food, shelter, clothing and medical care. Organizations receiving grants
today are featured on Walmart’s Live Better tab on Facebook. The organizations
serve communities in: District of Columbia, Delaware, California, New York,
Florida, Oregon, Texas, Washington, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Vermont.
“We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to those who serve or have served in
our country’s military, as well as to the families of those individuals.” said
Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Walmart Foundation. “Whether protecting
our freedoms in foreign fields or making contributions here at home, the value
these men and women bring to the American workforce and our way of life is
beyond measure. We are truly honored to provide grants this holiday season to
local organizations that support our military and veterans.”
Walmart’s November call for submissions resulted in more than 21,677
nominations from Facebook users who submitted descriptions of each nonprofit’s
impact in its local community. Submissions were initially reviewed by Walmart
associates from across the company and then a panel from the Walmart Foundation
selected the winning organizations.
The organizations being spotlighted today for “Supporting Our Military and
A Soldier’s Smile
Delaware Center for Homeless Veterans, Inc.
San Juan Capistrano
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
National Veterans Homeless Support, Inc.
Operation Homefront Oregon
Operation Homefront Texas
Operation Homefront Washington
Operation Homefront Oklahoma/Arkansas
Purple Heart Homes
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 http://www.foundation.walmart.com/ .
SOURCE Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.