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Walmart to provide up to $1M storm aid

by Serenah McKay | February 23, 2021 at 12:45 p.m.
Walmart truck and trailer.

Walmart Inc. is donating up to $1 million in cash and products to support winter storm relief efforts in four states.

The retailer said Friday that the donations will help communities in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee recover from the water and food shortages and power failures resulting from the storm.

"The extreme winter weather is leaving our associates, customers and communities without heat, water and electricity," said Dan Bartlett, Walmart's executive vice president of corporate affairs. "We gladly leverage our resources to help these hard-hit communities, and we stand with Texas and all those affected."

The donations come from Walmart, Sam's Club and the Walmart Foundation, the company's charitable arm. They will supply food and other essentials to food banks across Texas and support response efforts in the three other states.

Walmart's Emergency Operations Center, located at the company's Bentonville headquarters, said Monday that all its stores and clubs were open. Hundreds across the country were closed last week as the winter storm gripped much of the nation.

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