Walmart Gives $187,500 to 15 Nonprofits Providing Shelter on the Ninth Day of "12 Days of Giving" Holiday Campaign

Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:00am EST

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Walmart awards grants to organizations from Alaska, California, Delaware,
Indiana, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee,
Texas, Washington and West Virginia
BENTONVILLE, Ark.,  Dec. 18, 2012  /PRNewswire/ -- On the ninth day of its "12
Days of Giving" holiday campaign,  Walmart is awarding  $187,500  to 15
nonprofits that provide shelter and support to men, women and children in need.
One of the winning organizations, Families by Choice, serves its community with
transitional shelters and a new program that provides lifetime living for
mentally handicapped adults who have been abused or abandoned by their family
and are not eligible for state programs.

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:  Alaska,  California,  Delaware,  Indiana,  Montana, 
North Carolina,  Oregon,  Rhode Island,  South Dakota,  Tennessee,  Texas, 
Washington  and  West Virginia.

"For some, 'home for holidays' just isn't possible. In fact, more than 600,000
people across the U.S. are currently homeless," said  Sylvia Mathews Burwell,
president of the Walmart Foundation. "Walmart supports the essential work of
local nonprofit organizations that provide shelter to men, women and children in
need. We hope these grants will help give more people a safe, warm place to
rest."

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 "Providing Shelter" include:

 Nonprofit Name                     City         State  Grant Amount  
 Children's Inn                     Sioux Falls  SD     $12,500       
 Eli Home                           Anaheim      CA     $12,500       
 Eugene Mission                     Eugene       OR     $12,500       
 Families by Choice                 Terre Haute  IN     $12,500       
 Fentress County Children's Center  Jamestown    TN     $12,500       
 Hearts of the Sacred Spirit        Newark       DE     $12,500       
 Oroville Rescue Mission            Oroville     CA     $12,500       
 Portland Rescue Mission            Portland     OR     $12,500       
 Pressley Ridge Grant Gardens       Ona          WV     $12,500       
 Rhode Island Family Shelter        Warwick      RI     $12,500       
 Rod's House                        Yakima       WA     $12,500       
 San Antonio Children's Shelter     San Antonio  TX     $12,500       
 Tabitha Ministries                 Summerfield  NC     $12,500       
 Watson Children's Shelter          Missoula     MT     $12,500       
 Wellspring Revival Ministries      Fairbanks    AK     $12,500       


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 
foundation.walmart.com.

SOURCE  Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.


Tara Raddohl, Walmart, 1-800-331-0085, news.walmart.com/reporter
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