Walmart kicked off its 2012 ’12 Days of Giving’ campaign yesterday with $100,000 gifts to 10 nonprofit organizations that focus on feeding our nation’s children.  The nonprofit organizations were chosen after Walmart received more than 21,677 nominations on its Facebook page in November.  Once the 12 Days of Giving campaign is finished, Walmart will have donated more than $1.5 million to 140 recipients in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

Today is the second day of the campaign and 10 nonprofit organizations that help support our seniors are each receiving a $100,000 donation.  One nonprofit benefitting from today’s grant is Helping Hands of Vegas.  

Helping Hands of Vegas works with seniors in Las Vegas by meeting their transportation and food needs, and even helping provide short-term relief for family members that are caring for seniors in their home.

In addition to Nevada, senior-focused nonprofit organizations in Connecticut, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin are also receiving a $100,000 grant award.

“More than 3.6 million adults age 65 and older live below the poverty line,” said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Walmart Foundation. “Through these grants, we want to support local organizations who are helping seniors live more fulfilled and stable lives and also say ‘thank you’ for all the wisdom and experience they’ve contributed.”  Source: Walmart

Each day of the 12 Days of Giving campaign is themed.  Day one focused on childhood hunger and day two focused on senior citizens.  The rest of the schedule follows:

Day 1: Feeding Our Children

Day 2: Supporting Our Seniors

Day 3: Honoring Those Who Give (Volunteers)

Day 4: Recognizing the Face of Hunger

Day 5: Building a Brighter Future (Children)

Day 6: Supporting our Military and Veterans

Day 7: Fueling Lifelong Careers (Job Training)

Day 8: Helping Communities Rebuild (Disaster Relief)

Day 9: Providing Shelter

Day 10: Fighting Hunger

Day 11: Shaping Healthier Futures (Medical & Emotional Support)

Day 12: Providing Warmth to Our Neighbors (Clothing Donations)

Keep track of the winning organizations by visiting the Walmart 12 Days of Giving Facebook page.

Update 01.04.13: All of the winning organizations have been announced and the original post has been updated. Obtain a list of winners by clicking on each of the '12 Days of Giving' listed above.

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