Stores across central Illinois raise over $155,000 for St. John's Children's Hospital

SPRINGFIELD - During a six-week campaign involving 22 Walmart and Sam's Club stores across Illinois, over $155,000 was raised for St. John's Children's Hospital.  Customers, associates, and members all contributed to St. John's, which is a Children's Miracle Network Hospital.

Both stores have partnered with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals nationwide since 1987, accepting donations at cash registers and through in-store fundraising activities.  Walmart and Sam's Club have raised more than $40.2 million for 170 CMN hospitals, and helps provide patient visits for more than 10 million kids each year.

Hospitals use the money based on what they need the most, usually for purchasing lifesaving equipment, providing charitable care, and supporting top therapy programs.  Money raised in central Illinois stays local to help enhance the health care services and programs provided by St. John's Children's Hospital, which can range from medical supplies and equipment to funding Child Life Specialist programs and comfort items.

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