Walmart donating to Harlan residents impacted by coal mine closures

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HARLAN, Ky. (WTVQ) – Walmart stood with local officials and announced it is donating $35,000 to Harlan residents impacted by the recent coal mine closures in southern Kentucky.

According to Walmart, there are several of their area stores that joined in to thank the 300 local miners and their families by donating $30,000 worth of gift cards and clothing to them.

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Walmart says they also made a $5,000 donation to the Harlan County Community Action Agency.

According to the Kentucky Center for Statistics, unemployment in Harlan County rose from less than 9 percent in June, to 13 percent in August, which is the highest rate in the state.

Walmart says they are committed to giving back in every community they serve, contributing more than $24.5 million in cash and in-kind donations to Kentucky nonprofits in FY19.