Despite these challenging times of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals’ (CMN) longest and most avid supporter, Walmart and Sam's Club, pulled out all the stops to proceed with the planned 2020 CMN in-store campaign.
"This is one of few corporate campaigns that weren't cancelled in the wake of the coronavirus, COVID-19, health crisis," CMN at UC Davis executive director Jacquelyn Miller said. "As a non-profit supporting the children's hospital, we rely on the generosity of donors to support our pediatric patients. We are so grateful to Walmart and Sam's Club associates and their customers for giving now because kids can’t wait."
Now in week two of the campaign, team members have had surprise visits from UC Davis Children's Hospital leadership, including nurse managers who are on the frontlines of pediatric care. Their "appreciation tour" is one way to let the stores know how valuable their contributions are, especially in a time like this.
"It is amazing to see the enthusiasm and commitment of the local Walmart and Sam's Club teams," said Patient Care Services executive director Judie Boehmer. "As essential workers, the store employees had been through a lot before this campaign even began. But on our visits, it was apparent that the pandemic had not dampened their spirits. They were all in to help local children and we could not be more appreciative."
Round up your purchase or make a donation at Walmart or Sam's Club until July 19. All funds raised stay local to support research, education and clinical care at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.
UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital providing care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical care. It includes the Central Valley's only pediatric emergency department and level I pediatric trauma center, which offers the highest level of care for its critically ill patients, as well as a level I children’s surgery center. The 129-bed children's hospital includes the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiac intensive care units. For more information, visit children.ucdavis.edu.