The company said its updated commitment would include up to $10 million that will go toward American Red Cross shelters and another $10 million for organizations providing relief like the Salvation Army and Feeding America. Walmart's product contributions will be valued at Walmart's cost.
The campaign will run from Thursday through Wednesday.
A news release said Walmart hoped to increase comfort in the shelters by also providing items such as TVs, DVDs, games and stuffed animals for children and healthy snacks and fresh fruit.
Donations of physical items, while generous and well meant, add work, expense and delay to relief efforts, she said. Tech billionaire and Houston native Michael Dell has committed $36 million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. "And we can get you into training, so that you may be able to go down there in the weeks or months ahead".
"We have some Kentucky churches partnering with them to help get that mission center back up and fully stocked", Chitwood said.
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English held back tears saying, "I think they need me, they need all of us. I would like to thank Walmart President and CEO, Doug McMillon for his generosity and challenge others to join in this effort". Nall most likely will be traveling Saturday to Texas.
State emergency crews are monitoring storm Irma and will have a better idea in the coming days.
"Together we will organize and advocate for our devastated communities, shining a spotlight on inequalities that emerge in the restoration of lives, livelihoods and homes, amplifying the needs of hard-hit communities, and providing legal assistance for residents wrongfully denied government support", the coalition says on its fundraising page.
Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane about 30 miles northeast of Corpus Christi and was later downgraded to a tropical storm as rain devastated a large region in southeast and lower central Texas. The home did not suffer water damage, but it was looted and most of what was inside was gone. "They're quite committed to this type of operation".
Target teams have been pitching in to care for their communities in a big way, from volunteering in the rescue efforts, to working around-the-clock to reopen closed stores and keep much-needed supplies on the shelves, to team members from across Texas bussing into Houston to pitch in and cover shifts. Since 2005, Wal-Mart and the Walmart Foundation have given more than $60 million in cash and in-kind donations in response to disaster events.
"A shelter is like a small, cosmopolitan environment", Della said, noting people offer their skills to meet the needs in the moment.