Football Legends and Pros Wives' Shop with a Purpose at Sam's Club
Salvation Army Families in Need to Receive $50,000 in Food and Gifts
BENTONVILLE, ARK., Nov.21, 2007 – Sam’s Club has teamed up with the Off the Field Players’ Wives Association and The Salvation Army to help make the holidays brighter for some local families in Buffalo, Chicago, Dallas, Denver and San Diego.
The Sam’s Club Dream Drive joins The Salvation Army with a bevy of both current and legendary professional football players’ wives from Off the Field for a shopping spree Thursday, December 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at participating Sam’s Club locations to select much needed items and gifts for Salvation Army families. The Salvation Army randomly identified approximately 50 families total through its sponsored gift program to participate in the Dream Drive.
Among the participants from the Players’ Wives Association (“PWA”) are team captains including Dallas resident Sherice Brown, wife of Oakland Raiders legendary wide receiver Tim Brown and the co-founder of PWA and its Board Chairwoman. Other team captains include Dawn Neufeld, wife of Buffola Bills tight end Ryan Neufeld and Shannon St. Clair, wife of John St. Clair, offensive tackle, Chicago Bears. These special women and others from the PWA will be assisted by Salvation Army volunteers and Sam’s Club associates as they select a wide range of holiday gifts, including clothes, food, personal items and, toys – of course!
“We are hopeful that we can help some families this Christmas and that we can make a difference in their lives beyond the holiday season,” said Doug McMillon, president and chief executive officer of Sam’s Club.
Sam’s Club will kick-off the day by hosting a complimentary breakfast with members from Off the Field and Salvation Army Representatives and Volunteers. Sam’s Club associates will offer their expertise on ideal gifts and Sam’s Club exclusives to add to their carts. Once the shopping is complete, the groups will wrap the gifts for The Salvation Army to take back to Community Centers and the families.
Last season, Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations raised a record-setting $30 million in donations for The Salvation Army during its Red Kettle Campaign. In addition to the Dream Drive at Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart is hosting a flurry of other holiday activities aimed at raising even more money for those in need.
• Bells Ringing Across America – For the second year, Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club associates are participating in the retailer’s “Bells Ringing Across America” event. On Nov. 27, from 11:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. EST, associates at Wal-Mart stores and Sam’s Clubs nationwide will ring bells outside of their respective location.
• Christmas Carol Concert – Wal-Mart and The Salvation Army will air a Christmas Carol Concert on the retailer’s in-store TV network nationwide. The special will broadcast on Dec. 7 at 9:30 a.m. in all time zones.
• Salvation Army Brass Band Concerts – The Salvation Army’s local Brass Bands will perform special concerts at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations around the country throughout the holiday season.
“The Salvation Army helps people in difficult circumstances all year long, but there is no time of year that is so difficult for families in need as holiday-time,” said Major George Hood, national community relations secretary for The Salvation Army. “This effort will go a long way to help lift spirits and provide for often unmet but simple needs such as personal items and food as well as small gifts.“
About Sam’s Club
Sam’s Club is a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., (NYSE:WMT). The first Sam’s Club opened its doors in Midwest City, Oklahoma in 1983. Today, Sam’s Club serves more than 47 million U.S. Members with locations nationwide, and in Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Sam’s Club offers exceptional values on merchandise and services for business owners and consumers. Online merchandise and club information is available at samsclub.com.
About Off The Field
Off the Field strives to use our network of women to enrich the lives of those in surrounding communities where we live. We are dedicated to raising funds and creating awareness for local and national charitable organizations that strengthen the family unit.
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