Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
September 14, 2001
Wal-Mart trucks full of much-needed supplies requested by the Salvation Army have arrived in New York City to assist the organization in relief efforts.
Four trailers full of medical supplies, clothing, blankets and more are stationed near the Salvation Army’s facilities at 14th St. and 7th Ave. Two truckloads of water, and another truck full of heavy-duty flashlights, ventilator masks and large adjustable wrenches will arrive soon.
Merchandise that has arrived includes: 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.
Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB associates already have sent truckloads of items to relief workers in New York and Washington, D.C., including: 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.
These efforts build on the company’s pledge of $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.
In a joint effort called "Together We Stand," more than 3,200 Wal-Mart stores and SAM’S CLUBS are serving 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 also are raising funds.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates more than 2,700 discount stores, Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets, and more than 490 SAM’S CLUBS in the United States. Internationally, the company operates more than 1,100 units. Wal-Mart employs 1.2 million associates worldwide. Last year, associates raised and contributed more than $190 million for charitable and non-profit organizations. FORTUNE magazine has named Wal-Mart the third "most admired" company in America and one of the 100 best companies to work for in the United States, and Americans named Wal-Mart the company they think of first in supporting local causes and issues, according to Cone, Inc. More information about Wal-Mart’s Good.Works. community involvement is available online at www.walmartfoundation.org.