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Wal-Mart Donates $8.5 Million to 'Neighborhood Heroes'

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. said yesterday that it will donate $8.5 million in grants from its annual "Safe Neighborhood Heroes" program to fire, police, rescue, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) teams, to honor their efforts in recent times of disaster.

Throughout the month of October, each of the 3,700 U.S. Wal-Mart stores, Neighborhood Markets, Sam's Clubs, and distribution centers nationwide will make direct financial donations to these "neighborhood heroes." Each facility can provide up to $3,000 toward the emergency response unit of its choice.

"As a community, we must lean on each other to help those we serve," said Betsy Reithemeyer, head of the Wal-Mart & Sam's Club Foundation, in a statement. "Working side by side with emergency response teams is important not just in times of crisis, but each and every day. We are glad to help enrich the services provided by first responders in ways that are beneficial to their communities."
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