(LITTLE ROCK, ARK) – On August 30, Walmart/Sam’s Club announced a pause in the in-store fundraising campaign for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals from Aug. 31 to Sept. 6. During this timeframe, Walmart and Sam’s Club fundraising efforts will be directed to American Red Cross relief efforts for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Walmart/Sam’s Club is the largest national sponsor for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Funds at the local level are raised $1 at a time in grassroots efforts, spearheaded by associates and supported by members of the community. Children’s Miracle Network funds raised in Arkansas, North Louisiana, Eastern Texas and Oklahoma benefit Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock and Arkansas Children’s Northwest in Springdale. Last year, associates in this CMNH market raised more than $5.3 million for Arkansas Children’s.

“Our mission at Arkansas Children’s is to make children better today and healthier tomorrow,” said Vanessa Delgadillo, director of development for Arkansas Children’s Foundation. “Walmart and Sam’s Club have been loyal, generous CMNH partners for more than 30 years. We commend them on their relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey and share their concern for the health and safety of the residents of Houston. We are grateful to have partners who truly champion children … in Arkansas and beyond.”

CMN Hospitals fundraising in Walmart and Sam’s Club locations will resume on Sept. 7 and run through Oct. 8.

About Arkansas Children’s

Arkansas Children's, Inc. is the only healthcare system in the state solely dedicated to caring for Arkansas' 710,000 children, giving the organization a unique ability to shape the landscape of pediatric care in Arkansas and transform the health of children throughout the region. The private, non-profit organization includes two pediatric hospitals, a pediatric research institute and USDA nutrition center, a philanthropic foundation, a nursery alliance, statewide clinics, and many education and outreach programs.

Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) is a 336-bed, Magnet-recognized facility in Little Rock operating the state’s only Level I pediatric trauma center; the state's only burn center; the state's only Level IV neonatal intensive care unit; the state's only pediatric intensive care unit; the state’s only pediatric surgery program with Level 1 verification from the American College of Surgeons; and the state's only nationally recognized pediatric transport program. Additionally, ACH is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in five pediatric subspecialties (2019-2020): Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Pulmonology. Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW), the first and only pediatric hospital in the Northwest Arkansas region, opened in Springdale in early 2018. ACNW operates a 24-bed inpatient unit; a surgical unit with five operating rooms; outpatient clinics offering over 20 subspecialties; diagnostic services; imaging capabilities; occupational therapy services; and Northwest Arkansas' only pediatric emergency department, equipped with 30 exam rooms. Generous philanthropic and volunteer engagement has sustained Arkansas Children's since it began as an orphanage in 1912, and today ensures the system can fundamentally transform the health of children in Arkansas and beyond. To learn more, visit archildrens.org.

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 http://www.CMNHospitals.org and http://www.facebook.com/CMNHospitals