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09/18

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Wal-Mart, SAM'S CLUB Contributions Reach $8.6 Million for Relief Efforts

As of Tuesday, Sept. 18, Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB associates and customers have contributed and pledged $8.6 million to help victims and their families affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Store and club associates and customers, along with associates at the company’s distribution centers and transportation offices, so far have given $3.3 million in cash. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has pledged to match local donations up to $1,000 per location, or $3.3 million total. The company last week also pledged $2 million for national relief efforts, including an immediate $1 million gift to the American Red Cross and a pledge to provide at least an additional $1 million in the near future for other agencies providing relief efforts to the victims and their families.

More than 3,200 Wal-Mart stores and SAM’S CLUBS are continuing to serve as community collection points for further donations to relief agencies. Customers can place their donations in boxes labeled "Together We Stand." The company also has made it possible for customers to contribute online at www.walmart.com and www.samsclub.com. The company’s distribution centers and transportation offices continue to raise funds as well.

As of Monday, here are the top-giving Wal-Mart stores and SAM’S CLUBS:

Wal-Mart store communities:

1. Athens, Ga. $36,460 (Store #2811)

2. Surfside, S.C. $26,481 (Store #574)

3. Vestal, N.Y. $14,739 (Store #1835)

4. Slidell, La. $14,175 (Store #553)

5. Slidell, La. $13,932 (Store #2665)

6. Mt. Pocono, Pa. $13,205 (Store #2365)

SAM’S CLUB communities:

1. Boardman, Ohio $6,378 (Club #6322)

2. Waterford, Mich. $5,935 (Club #6665)

3. White Bear Lake, Minn. $4,679 (Club #6309)

4. Holland, Ohio $4,444 (Club #8139)

5. Columbia, Mo. $4,419 (Club #8163)

6. Bedford, N.Y. $4,360 (Club #6428)

In addition to cash contribution and pledges, Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB truckers have delivered much-needed supplies to relief workers in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.

For example, last Friday four trailers full of medical supplies, clothing, blankets and more were stationed near the Salvation Army’s facilities in lower Manhattan. Specifically, the merchandise included: one trailer full of blankets and rubber gloves; 340 cases of work boots; 3,000 pillows; 2,000 air mattresses; 2,000 bottles of alcohol and 2,000 bottles of hydrogen peroxide; 1,200 cases of alcohol wipes; 5,000 cases of eye drops; 1,000 cases of 55-gallon trash bags and 1,000 cases of 42-gallon trash bags; and 200 trash cans. Two truckloads of water, and another truck full of heavy-duty flashlights, ventilator masks and large adjustable wrenches arrived later.

In Washington, D.C., Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB associates sent one trailer of luncheon meat; 41,000 pounds of food; first aid kits; thousands of pairs of work gloves and food-service gloves; filter masks; flashlights; blankets, pillows and pillow cases; work boots, socks and foot powder; sleeping bags; underwear and T-shirts; baby wipes; hand towels; trash bags; hot chocolate and foam cups; fruit cups, condiments and chips; Gatorade; folding chairs and much more.

And the supplies keep pouring in to New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

Wal-Mart associates around the world have demonstrated an outpouring of support for their U.S. neighbors. Canadian associates in southwestern Ontario, for example, collected nearly $34,000 by selling red, white and blue ribbons last weekend. One store close to the U.S. border raised $4,000 in 8 hours for the Canadian Red Cross’s ’USA Appeal.’ They also provided assistance to stranded airline passengers.

"All across the country, and all around the world, our associates and customers are asking what they can do to help the victims and their families in the wake of this unprecedented tragedy," said Jay Allen, senior vice president of corporate affairs for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. "The response has been overwhelming. Because our stores and clubs are located in so many U.S. communities, we have a unique opportunity and responsibility to provide a simple, convenient way for Americans to participate in the national relief effort. And our internationally associates are coming up with unique ways to raise funds and show their support."