Wal-Mart donates to ‘good causes’

Press Release

Wal-Mart in Fort Frances raised and donated more than $51,000 in 2008 through in-store fundraising, matching grants, and sponsored activities, benefitting both local community groups and national charities.
Wal-Mart Canada gives back to local communities in ways that matter most to its customers and associates. Local community organizations that received support varied from sports teams to environmental organizations.
In 2008, groups that received support included the Nestor Falls School ($10,000), Fort Frances Salvation Army ($4,826), Friends of Animals ($3,300), Fort Frances High School ($3,000), and J.W. Walker ($2,800).
“Even during tough economic times, our associates and customers still have big hearts and a deep commitment to the community,” said local manager Darryl Skinner.
“It is inspirational to see our associates and customers working together to raise money for great local causes that contribute so much to our community,” he enthused.
In addition to supporting local youth, community, sport, and environmental groups, Fort Frances Wal-Mart also participated in national campaigns benefitting the Children’s Miracle Network ($5,778), the Canadian Red Cross ($5,055), and Breakfast Clubs of Canada ($4,432).
“Thanks to our associates and the tremendous generosity of our customers, Wal-Mart Canada continues to be the largest private donor to these national charities,” noted Skinner.
“We look forward to working with these national organizations again in 2009.”
Every week in Canada, Wal-Mart stores raise and donate more than $384,000 to Canadian charities.
Last year alone, the company contributed $20 million to Canadian charities.