Wal-Mart Gives $500,000 to Support Tornado Relief Efforts

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. here said it is committing $500,000 to assist with relief efforts in response to a destructive phalanx of tornadoes and thunderstorms that swept across the midsection of the U.S. last week. The company's support includes both cash and product donations such as food and water, it said.

The American Red Cross and The Salvation Army will each receive a portion of the donation, Wal-Mart said.

Since the storms struck on Feb. 5, the Red Cross has established more than 14 shelters in Arkansas, Kentucky, Alabama, Indiana, and Tennessee, and has provided meals to displaced residents and emergency workers. Wal-Mart is donating $300,000 to the Red Cross to help support these continued efforts.

The Salvation Army also has been on site in the affected areas in Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi since last week. A $100,000 donation to the organization from Wal-Mart will assist Salvation Army efforts to provide shelter to those displaced by the storm, as well as to feed and council all storm victims.

In addition to the cash donations to The Salvation Army and the Red Cross, Wal-Mart stores and Sam's Clubs in the affected areas have committed to provide $100,000 in product donations. So far, the company has delivered pallets of water, food, and other supplies to help sustain those affected by the storm, as well as the emergency relief workers who are providing help to the victims.

Wal-Mart said it too was affected by the tornadoes and thunderstorms, as company facilities and many associates' homes suffered damage.
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