Today, Nov. 15, Walmart (NYSE: WMT) and the Walmart Foundation announced a $1 million pledge to assist with recovery efforts for those affected by the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
The company also said it has created an online website in conjunction with the Red Cross where Walmart shoppers and support can contribute to the cause.
Walmart plans to center its efforts on providing support for immediate needs by providing food, medical supplies and health care. The retailer has also partnered with Save the Children to set up "Child Friendly Spaces," areas that will be available to help children cope with the trauma brought about by the storm.
"Giving back to our communities, especially in a time of need, is part of our culture at Walmart," said Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Walmart International, in a statement. "A crisis only reinforces that commitment, and our thoughts are with the people affected by this disaster. We're proud to help the Red Cross and Save the Children get vital assistance to the Philippines as quickly as possible."
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have been involved in several emergency relief efforts over the years, including providing aid in the wakes of the tsunami in Japan, the tornados in Joplin and Oklahoma City, the 2010 earthquakes in Haiti and Chile and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
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