Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Donates $150,000 To National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Wednesday, 6 August 2003

Company contributions to national center tops $1,000,000

Associates of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. today contributed $150,000 to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to support the organization's efforts to locate missing children and safeguard youth from victimization.

The check was presented at the Wal-Mart Supercenter #3224 in Garland, where NCMEC and Wal-Mart celebrated the 85th recovery of a missing child, thanks to efforts by Wal-Mart and SAM'S CLUB customers and associates. The contribution marks the eighth year of cooperation between the nationally respected nonprofit and the nation's largest retailer, and brings Wal-Mart's total contributions to NCMEC to more than $1,000,000.

"We are so proud of our relationship with Wal-Mart," said Ernie Allen, NCMEC president. "Wal-Mart's commitment to the missing children's program is more than monetary. From the top executive level to the store level, Wal-Mart associates are determined to find missing children and reunite them with their families."

"How thrilling it is to know the numbers of children who have been located as a result of the missing children boards in Wal-Mart stores and SAM'S CLUBS," said Tom Coughlin, vice chairman of Wal-Mart Stores USA. "Even better is the knowledge that our customers and associates are playing a direct role in reuniting missing children with their families."

Since January 1996, Wal-Mart has posted pictures of more than 5,177 missing children in its more than 3,425 stores and clubs nationwide as part of its Missing Children's Network. Of those children featured, more than 3,829 have been reunited with their families, and 88 were located as a direct result of the company's efforts. Wal-Mart also has implemented a company-wide security program called Code Adam.

With annual sales of $244.5 billion, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates more than 2,895 discount stores, Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets, and more than 525 SAM'S CLUBS in the United States. Internationally, the company operates about 1,295 units. Wal-Mart employs over 1.3 million associates worldwide. The company's securities are listed on the New York and Pacific stock exchanges under the symbol WMT. Last year Wal-Mart associates raised and contributed $200 million to support communities and local non-profit organizations. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has received the 2003 Fortune magazine No. 1 Most Admired Company in the U.S. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. also received the 2002 Ron Brown Award, the highest Presidential Award recognizing outstanding achievement in employee relations and community initiatives. More information about Wal-Mart's Good. Works. community involvement is available online at www.walmartfoundation.org.

For more information, or to contact National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, see their website at: www.missingkids.org

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