Children’s Miracle Network reaps funds raised by customers and employees of Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club stores

Customers and employees of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores raised $294,740 for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Via Christi Health during a six-week fundraising effort, according to a news release from Via Christi.

The fundraising campaign ran from May 7 to June 21 in Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations including Arkansas City, Augusta, Colby, Derby, Dodge City, El Dorado, Garden City, Goddard, Goodland, Great Bend, Hays, Hutchinson, Liberal, McPherson, Newton, Pratt, Salina, Wellington, Wichita, and Winfield.

According to the news release, customers were able to make donations at the store and employees also held events to raise funds for the nonprofit organization.

According to the release, the money raised will be used to help purchase needed medical care, equipment and therapy programs for children.

This year marks the 26th year Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club have participated in fundraising efforts for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

In Kansas the network hospitals serve 64 counties in south-central and western Kansas by providing assistance to children and their families for needs not covered by insurance — things such as travel, visits to specialists, prescriptions and medical equipment.