Associates of Smithville Walmart Raising Money for Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

May 1, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
Vonda Brown and Jennifer Cantrell

Walmart associates of Smithville are launching special fundraising activities over the next six weeks in support of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt as part of the Children's Miracle Network.

Vonda Brown and Jennifer Cantrell of the Smithville Walmart store said you can help .

Since the Smithville Walmart has been in business, Cantrell said more than $17,000 has been raised. The goal this year is at least $10,000 but associates would like to raise as much as $20,000. Local fundraising events include: Cupcakes for mom on Saturday, May 7th in time for Mother's Day from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.; an intra-company ballgame featuring Walmart associates and their families at Cookeville on Saturday, May 14th ; a yard sale in the grassy area near DTC on Saturday, May 21st from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. (Rent your spot for the yard sale today because space is limited-Funds raised through rentals only. Yard sale participants keep their sale proceeds); a hot dog and hamburger grill out on May 28-30; a photo contest May 31st through June 10th; and a beauty pageant inside the store at the apparel department starting at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 11th.

The need is great. According to Cantrell and Brown, 749 children from DeKalb County were treated just within the last year at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.

Children's Miracle Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children's hospitals. Each year, the 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals provide the finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries of every kind.

Walmart's support for the Children's Miracle Network began in 1987. Since then, Walmart and Sam's Club associates, customers and members have raised and contributed more than $500 million for Children's Miracle Network hospitals.

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