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Walmart & Sam's Club Help Following West Virginia Water Disaster

Bentonville-based Walmart has shipped several truckloads of water and other essential groceries to stores & Sam's Clubs in the affected area of West Virginia.
BENTONVILLE, AR -- Many organizations are stepping in to help West Virginia in the wake of a water contamination disaster. A chemical spill polluted the Elk River last week, leaving nine counties in a state of emergency. Water is now off limits for anything except flushing toilets.

Bentonville-based Walmart is among those helping out. The retail giant has shipped several truckloads of water and other essential groceries to stores & Sam's Clubs in the affected area. Walmart stores are also offering water at cost to help save folks money.

As for Sam's Clubs, eight stores are temporarily opening their doors to non-members so they can buy food and supplies during the disaster.

"We understand the life-altering and potentially devastating effect this situation can have, not just on households, but for small businesses and restaurants that depend on water for their livelihood," said Lance de la Rosa, Sam's Club senior vice president of operations for the East Division, in a press release. "We want to make sure the communities in West Virginia and surrounding states have access to purchase the resources they need to persevere through this tragedy."
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