Walmart Gives $125,000 to 17 Nonprofits on the Second Day of Holiday Facebook Campaign
Company Funds Organizations in Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington and West Virginia.
BENTONVILLE, Ark., Dec. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On the second day of its "12 Days of Giving" Facebook campaign, Walmart (NYSE: WMT) is awarding $125,000 to 17 nonprofits that are building a brighter future for children across the country. Over twelve consecutive days, the company will award a total of $1.5 million to 145 organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
Organizations being honored on the company's Facebook page today are serving communities in: Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington and West Virginia.
"Our Facebook campaign led us to so many organizations that are empowering our next generation this holiday season and year-round," said Julie Gehrki, senior director at the Walmart Foundation. "We believe that children are our brightest hope for the future, and the organizations that we are honoring today share that belief."
Walmart's call for nominations for its "12 Days of Giving" Facebook campaign resulted in more than 5,400 nominations from Facebook users who shared photos and short descriptions of a nonprofit's impact in its local community. A panel from the Walmart Foundation reviewed submissions and selected nonprofits with a focus on organizations that are providing basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing and baby supplies.
The organizations that are building a brighter future for children and being spotlighted today include:
Atlanta Diaper Relief
Detroit Area Diaper Bank
Eastside Baby Corner
Erica Rae's Kids
Friends of Friends Fighting Hunger
Hope Haven of Hancock County, Inc.
Lexington Foster & Adoptive Parents Association
New Haven Diaper Bank
New Hope Children's Clinic
The Children's Lunchbox
The Family Support Center of Southwestern Utah
The Goshen Project, Inc.
The Greater Philadelphia Diaper Bank
The Green Angels
Youth Emergency Service (YES) of YSI in Philadelphia
Including this campaign, the Walmart Foundation is providing more than $19 million in grants this holiday season. Click here for a complete list of recipient organizations.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support initiatives that are helping people live better around the globe. In May 2010, Walmart and its Foundation made a historic pledge of $2 billion through 2015 to fight hunger in the U.S. The Walmart Foundation also supports education, workforce development, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness initiatives. To learn more, visit www.walmartfoundation.org.
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