Hurricane Katrina Defining Moment In Wal-Mart Giving

by Jan Cottingham  on Monday, Jul. 2, 2012 12:00 am  

(Photo by Stephanie Dunn)

• Provided more than $9.2 million in cash assistance to Wal-Mart workers affected by the hurricane through Wal-Mart’s Associate Disaster Relief Fund.

• Given $20,000 in cash to animal shelters and organizations taking in lost animals in hurricane-affected areas.

• Raised more than $7 million in contributions from customers at its 3,800 Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations.

• Dispatched 2,450 Wal-Mart truckloads to communities throughout the Gulf States and Texas, including 100 truckloads of donated merchandise.

• Provided drivers and trucks to deliver relief supplies, water, food and clothing donated by outside community members and organizations.

• Allowed people to post pictures of friends and loved ones at Wal-Mart Photo Centers and to help find the missing.

As one Katrina survivor told National Public Radio: “God bless Wal-Mart and Sam’s.”



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