Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Wal-Mart Foundation Donates $100,000

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Wal-Mart Foundation Donates $100,000

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The Wal-Mart/Sam's Club Foundation on Monday presented a $100,000 grant to the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation to help fund the memorial dedicated to the victims and survivors of the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building.

"Wal-Mart and Sam's Club recognize that this memorial not only pays tribute to the victims of the explosion and their families, but to the entire community who pulled together in support of one another during an incredibly difficult time," said Terry Crabb, a loss prevention officer for Wal-Mart who was serving as a federal agent at the time of the bombing and worked on the scene. "Our associates in the greater Oklahoma City area are proud to play a part in building this symbol to that unity, and in remembering the impact of violence."

Upon announcing the grant at the GSA Plaza overlooking the Memorial Grounds, Crabb concluded, "let us never forget."

The donation is designated for the Memorial Center, an interactive learning museum at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Complex that will tell the story of the bombing, the stories of those most directly affected and the story of the Oklahoma response.

"On this site, some terrorists sought to have a story of fear, a story of destruction, a story of loss of life, a story of taking away our freedoms," Oklahoma City Mayor Kirk Humphreys said, "but we're determined that won't happen."

Several Wal-Mart employees attended the presentation, among them Joyce Bolte, Tammy Kreger, and Cindy Componation, who lost relatives in the bombing.

Bolte, mother of Mark Bolte, is an employee with Wal-Mart's corporate office and spoke on their behalf.

"My Wal-Mart family has been beside me all the way," she said. "I want to thank the memorial foundation for the beautiful job they are doing to memorialize all those who lost their lives that day."

Kreger's father, John Youngblood, and Componation's father, Raymond Johnson, also lost their lives in the explosion. …

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