Wal-Mart is proud of its support for charities

A May 11 letter caught my attention not only because I’m the Kahului Wal-Mart store manager, but also because I’m a mom and know firsthand the benefits of Hawaii’s Children’s Miracle Network hospital, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children.

It is the only full-service children’s hospital in the Pacific region and one that our customers and associates proudly support each year through our local Children’s Miracle Network campaign.

Many customers and associates in Maui County benefit each year from the services of Kapiolani Medical Center. In addition, portions of our previous Children’s Miracle Network campaigns have helped fund pediatric transport equipment to help provide a safe and comfortable journey from Maui to Oahu for the urgent care that is only available at Kapiolani.

According to Kapiolani, in fiscal year 2013, more than 600 patients were safely transported in the islands to Oahu and the Mainland with its neonatal and pediatric transport system – the only one in the state. Most patients would not have survived without the immediate medical attention the transport team provided.

I’m pleased to share that Wal-Mart is also a long-standing supporter of Maui Food Bank. We recently presented a $65,000 grant to Maui Food Bank’s Aloha Backpack Buddies program, addressing keiki hunger at 10 elementary schools on Maui and Molokai.

The bottom line is that we support nonprofits, like Children’s Miracle Network and Maui Food Bank, because we know that both organizations are important to our customers and our associates.

Jess Aina