Walmart Associates Raise $1.2 Million to Save and Restore Sight
April 23, 2013 — In just 31 days last fall, dedicated Walmart associates across the country rallied to raise an impressive $1.2 million for sight-saving research and public education, while promoting eye health awareness in their communities. The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) applauds the philanthropic efforts of the thousands of Walmart associates who volunteered their time to walk for a combined total of 270,000 hours during FFB’s inaugural Save Your Vision Month in October 2012.
On a larger scale, associates at Walmart’s North Central and Mid-America divisions led the way, with the time they volunteered translating into an impressive $325,000 and $255,000 in grant money for FFB.
“Our Vision Center team members are constantly interacting with patients coping with vision challenges, so they understand the value of FFB’s work to save and restore sight,” said Dr. Chad Overman, director of professional relations for Walmart’s Health and Wellness Division. “We are proud to be able to help in any way we can, and the Save Your Vision Month program is an excellent way for our associates to stay connected to the communities we serve and give back.”