Walmart, Sam's Club and the Walmart Foundation are committing $2.5 million in cash and in-kind product donations to support relief and recovery efforts in areas affected by Hurricane Laura.
The company says that all funds and product donations will support the work of four non-profits in their ongoing response in the affected communities. Those organizations include the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana, SBP USA (Saint Bernard Project), American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
More than 600,000 bottles of water will also be donated to the Louisiana Governor's Office on Homeland Security and local non-profits to provide to communities.
“Hurricane Laura has significantly impacted our associates, customers and the communities we call home, leaving many without power and basic services that may not return for weeks,” said Dan Bartlett, executive vice president of corporate affairs for Walmart Inc. “Our hearts go out to those affected, and we gladly leverage our resources to assist where needed.”
In addition, Walmart and Sam’s Club says they have also supported evacuees in Texas by supplying shelters with essentials. Phone charging stations have also been set up in the Lake Charles area and store parking lots are hosting food relief organizations.
Only one Walmart store remains closed in Louisiana. All other stores and Sam’s Clubs in the area are back up and running, some with limited hours, the company says.
For store and club operating hours, customers may check local store Facebook pages or call clubs directly.
The company says they are also providing disaster assistance to displaced and affected associates by setting up support centers in the impacted areas and calling associates to conduct wellness checks.
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