SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Walmart and Sam’s Club stores have hit a major milestone. The company became the first to raise $1 billion for a nonprofit.
Walmart and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) started their partnership 30 years ago. Together, they reached the milestone over the weekend as Walmart and Sam’s Club wrapped up its annual fundraising campaign for CMNH.
The milestone, as well as local incentives, pushed stores throughout the ArkLaTex to become the top fundraising store in the area.
Things turned competitive and creative.
Associates at Walmart in Minden dressed in colorful capes and hats while walking through the store in search of support for a good cause. They carried a bucket with them and asked for donations. Once they reached $25, they could pass the outfit on to another associate.
At Walmart on Mansfield Road in Shreveport, Jean Stewart and her fellow employees put on tutus to convince customers to make donations so they could take them off.
"Our goal is $7,500 and above,” said Stewart, HR and transition coordinator at the Mansfield Road store. “We have cookouts. We participate. We asked for donations.”
At Walmart on Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Fred Lathan elevated his store to a new level by getting physical.
He came up with a system in which he would do three push-ups if a customer donated $1. If a customer donated $2, Lathan would do six. And if they donated $5, he would do 10.
Lathan said he averaged more than 200 push-ups a day.
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