Walmart Gives Big to Salvation Army of Brown County - WBAY

Walmart Gives Big to Salvation Army of Brown County


Action 2 News first told you last month-- that Walmart's charitable donations in the Green Bay area have gone up dramatically in the past year.

It comes as the retailer tries to convince Green Bay leaders to build a Walmart in the Broadway district.

Today, the retailer made another large donation, this time to the Salvation Army of Brown County.

"When the news came across our desk I was just a little taken back. I know I did ask the question how much?" said Captain Ken Shiels of the Salvation Army of Brown County.

$50,000 Walmart and the Walmart Foundation presented to the Salvation Army of Brown County.

It's the largest donation the organization has seen from Walmart.

A local Walmart manager says the donation has nothing to do with the potential downtown store.

"There's a responsibility that we have within the organization to make sure that whatever communities that we live in that we are helping support the organizations that help make the communities better so that people can live better," said Walmart Store Manager Scott Rothe.

As Acton 2 News discovered last month, Walmart donates about $18,000 each year to a number of local organizations. It also gives one-time financial gifts.

In 2009, it gave about a thousand dollars to Green Bay organizations.

In 2011, that jumped to $3,500 and in the last year it's given $110,000 in one-time gifts.

"I've worked for the company for 10 years and I know that has come up in the past, but again the consistency in which we have given as a company throughout most the communities in which we live has been fairly consistent," said Rothe.

The salvation army of brown county says this type of donation only helps.

"It will help as a cushion in the months to come so that we can help people who need food, who need shelter. Our purpose is to get people back on their feet," said Capt. Shiels.



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