I love the holiday season. The special Thanksgiving food preparations, Christmas festive decorations, home made goodies, and the twinkle in the eyes of children awaiting for Santa’s arrival, makes it a magical time of the year. Most of us are worried about finding the perfect present to show our loved ones how much we adore them or to get that unique gift to impress a client. Then there is others who are less fortunate and the holidays brings in a flood of more worries and hardships. They are anxious about finding warmth during the frigid weather, concerned about having enough food to feed their children, or having to explain to a disappointed child why Santa forgot to leave a toy under the tree, even though they were especially good all year long. Unless you have been in their situation you might not understand the desperation they feel or the true pain of hunger.
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not letting the faces of the hungry go unnoticed and have kicked off their Walmart Gives Back annual holiday campaign. The company is proud to “give back” 32 million in donations to charitable organizations across the U.S., including Meals on Wheels Association of America, Feeding America, Campus Kitchens Project, Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), The Salvation Army, and The United Way of America.
More about the campaign…
“Executives from Feeding America, Meals On Wheels and Walmart packed Great Value-branded products and fresh apples onto 35 refrigerator trucks donated by the Walmart Foundation, then sent them out to help put meals on tables in communities nationwide. Feeding America estimates the trucks will help food banks provide an additional 52.5 million pounds of food – or 41 million additional meals – per year.
Additional support is especially important in today’s economy
These days, families and seniors who rely on food banks have been hit particularly hard. “As the country’s largest grocer, it is important for us to do our part to put more food on the dinner table,” said Margaret McKenna, president of the Walmart Foundation. “Our business and our charitable giving are united in the commitment to eradicate hunger in America.”
As in years past, the majority of Walmart’s holiday giving happens locally
The Walmart Foundation is donating $24 million to nonprofits in the communities Walmart’s 4,000 stores and Sam’s Club locations serve. As in past years, the Foundation will also donate an additional $1.25 million to The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign, which will fundraise at store locations nationwide November 27 – December 24.”
I’m helping to support the cause by spreading the world with this post and placing a “Walmart Gives Back” badge on my website. You can get involved too! Tell all your family and friends about the campaign, find local volunteer opportunities with Walmart’s Volunteer Match tool, follow Walmartgiving on Twitter, start a “Show of Support” for a military service member, watch the videos, or read the inspiring stories. Please show your support and make a difference!
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