Walmart, Sams Club Locations Raise Vital Funds for Nationwide Childrens Hospital

May 1, 2014

Beginning today through June 11, Walmart customers and Sam’s Club members can help “Every child live better” by making a donation of $1 or more at the retailers’ 42 locations raising funds for Nationwide Children’s Hospital, a local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Customers and members can quickly add a “Miracle Balloon” donation during checkout this spring, with 100 percent of funds flowing directly to Nationwide Children’s. Donations provided each year — with most given $1 at a time — have added up to a serious beneficial impact on children’s health. In 2013, the six-week Walmart and Sam’s Club campaign raised more than $41 million, with additional activities throughout the year increasing the total to $54 million for local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Last year, more than $685,000 was raised for Nationwide Children’s.

“Our member hospitals depend on the charitable funds Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members contribute every year,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “We feel incredibly grateful for the support this in-store fundraising campaign receives and credit the generous individuals at the register for giving central Ohio-area kids and families the hope of healing. We’re also excited about new initiatives to increase understanding of the charitable need of children’s hospitals and the dramatic impact Walmart and Sam’s Club fundraising has on its communities.”

New this year, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals year-round signage will appear in designated Walmart baby departments to show the impact of local funds raised. Packaged goods suppliers including Gerber, Johnson & Johnson and Proctor & Gamble have also enlisted to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and Walmart’s Every Little Step program. In addition, families across the nation can tune in for an episode of ABC’s “Bet On Your Baby” airing May – July featuring the charity.

Since 1987, Walmart and Sam’s Club fundraising across North America has provided more than $700 million for pediatric care. Funds are used by the community hospital depending on the greatest need — helping to provide necessary charitable care, establish critical care wings, introduce therapy programs, and fund specialized, life-saving treatment and equipment.

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About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at and

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at