Walmart Foundation gives $600,000 to help Haiti

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The Walmart Foundation said Wednesday it will give $500,000 in cash and food kits worth $100,000 to help victims of the earthquake that hit Haiti on Tuesday.

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck just west of the capital, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and it is feared thousands have died. President Barack Obama has promised an all-out rescue and humanitarian effort.

The Walmart Foundation said its donations will be given through the American Red Cross.

The foundation also launched a Web site at, where customers and employees can donate to nonprofits that are helping Haitian victims of the natural disaster.

The philanthropic organization said that in September 2008 it donated more than $100,000 to relief efforts for Haitians who were hurt that summer by hurricanes Gustav and Ike, which killed hundreds of people.