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December 12, 2012

Arizona Charity Reaps Gifts After Snubbing Wal-Mart Donation

A Tucson food bank that made national news last month when it turned down a $1,000 contribution from Wal-Mart said it has more than made up the loss in gifts from donors who share its misgivings about the retail giant's business and labor practices, CNN reports.

Casa Maria Free Kitchen, which makes 500 bag lunches daily for low-income Tucson residents, has received "substantially more than Wal-Mart offered us," said Brian Flagg, an organizer with the charity. "When people sent us checks, they also wrote, 'Thanks for your stance on Wal-Mart.'"

The gift snub came amid renewed national debate over pay, hours, and health coverage for workers at the world's largest store chain. Wal-Mart made $15,000 in donations to local groups after opening a new store in the area in October.