Being a military family I’m all about supporting our troops in whatever way we can. That’s why when I heard about the Walmart’s Holiday Sing to Salute Military Families campaign I was so excited to join in. Walmart has a long-standing commitment to support America’s military and veterans. This October, Walmart launched the Greenlight A Vet campaign to help create visible and actionable national support for veterans nationwide. Walmart invited all Americans to show support for veterans by changing one light bulb in their home to green, raising awareness on social media, volunteering and serving with veteran groups in their community, or starting a mentor/mentee relationship with a veteran. More information on Walmart’s Greenlight A Vet campaign is available at http://www.greenlightavet.com.
Additionally, Walmart is committed to hiring 250,000 veterans by 2020 through its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment. As part of this effort, Walmart recently greenlighted its 100,000th veteran hire. While a job is a vital piece of transitioning from military to civilian life for a veteran, it also takes a coordinated, multi-sector effort to create healthy transitions to civilian life. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed $20 million in grants to organizations that provide veteran job training, education and community-based collaboration.
Walmart’s Holiday Sing to Salute Military Families campaign is a unique, interactive and inspirational campaign that encourages individuals to show their support for military families through their own voice.
Starting from Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, Walmart is kicking off the campaign with a $500,000 donation to Fisher House Foundation. For the past 25 years, Fisher Houses have provided a home-away-from-home for military and veterans’ families whose loved ones are in a nearby military or veterans hospital. The donation will be distributed among more than 60 U.S.-based Fisher Houses for home improvements and holiday festivities, including gifts for families and visits from Santa.
Then, from Dec. 1 to Dec. 22, Walmart is asking the public to help share holiday songs with military families through the following steps:
1. Create a holiday greeting or video of one or more individuals singing a portion of a classic holiday. You can check out Madison and Mikael rendition of Jingle Bells.
2. Post the greeting or video on a public Instagram, Twitter or YouTube account with the hashtag song. #Sing2Salute. If you’re posting on YouTube, make sure the hashtag is in your video’s title and post description.
3. In the post, tag a friend and call on them to participate.
For each post published on a public Instagram, Twitter or YouTube account with the hashtag #Sing2Salute during the campaign, Walmart will donate $100, up to $1 million, to Fisher House Foundation. The goal is to help Fisher House Foundation fund a full year of lodging for military families staying at Fisher Houses on U.S. military bases.
You can participate in a one-hour Twitter party on Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. ET and help support this amazing cause. Visit vite.io/themotherhoodchats for more info.
Let’s discuss: Will you be posting your own jingle in celebration of #Sing2Salute?