ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville area Walmart and Sam's Club stores are raising money for the University of Virginia Children's Hospital. Now through July, customers at the Albemarle County locations can donate $1 or more towards Children's Miracle Network.

Dr. Paul Matherne of UVA Children's Hospital says this money will keep the hospital operating at its very high standards.

"When we raise money, it goes to help support these programs that help us send people for training to help us get and recruit the best possible positions...they help us keep our nursing staff at top notch," Matherne said.

UVA Children's Hospital also provides resources for the families of patients. The charitable campaign runs through July 7.

06/10/2019 Press Release from Walmart:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, June 10, 2019 – All Charlottesville Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs today kick off this year’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) fundraising campaign to help treat local children who are sick or injured. All money raised during the Charlottesville CMN Hospitals campaign directly benefits the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital to fund critical treatments, pediatric medical equipment, research and charitable care. The Walmart - Sam’s Club CMN Hospitals campaign runs from June 10 through July 7.

“This campaign is very important to our associates and customers and every year they do a great job raising funds and awareness for children in the area,” said Brent Rains, Walmart Regional Manager in Virginia. “We are always hoping to make a difference in the community and we are excited to kickoff this year’s campaign with the goal to help kids in need.”

To date, Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, members and customers in Charlottesville have raised $1.7 million for the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital, most of it one dollar at a time. On a national level, Walmart and Sam’s Club have raised more than $1 billion for CMN Hospitals; according to Engaged for Good, this is the largest cash amount ever raised by one company for a nonprofit in North America.

The need is staggering – 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network hospital for treatment every minute. Helping these children is easy, here’s how to participate:

  • Donate $1 or more at the checkout lane or self-checkout of any Charlottesville Walmart store or Sam’s Club
  • Spread the word and encourage others to support the CMN Hospitals campaign via social media with custom CMN Gifs and the hashtag #HelpKidsLiveBetter

Through the leadership of Sam Walton, Walmart and Sam’s Club joined the CMN Hospitals fundraising family in 1987. This annual fundraising campaign supports Walmart’s core belief of leveraging the company’s strength to give back to local communities.

About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at and 

About Walmart in Virginia

Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online and through their mobile devices. In Virginia we serve customers at 153 retail units and online through Walmart Online Grocery and our family of brands. We are proud to employ 44,629 associates in Virginia. Walmart supports local businesses, spending $2.5 billion with Virginia suppliers in FYE18 and supporting 61,556 Virginia supplier jobs. Walmart continues to be a leader in employment opportunity, sustainability, and corporate philanthropy. In FY18, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation contributed more than $37 million in cash and in-kind donations to local nonprofits in Virginia and our Virginia associates volunteered more than 23,000 hours with local causes. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting our corporate website and our InstagramFacebook and Twitter channels.