The generous associates at Walmart Distribution Center 6055 in Monroe are at it again! As part of their 3rd Quarter "Volunteering Always Pays" initiative, associates collected sixteen 50-gallon totes filled with clothing, shoes and coats for students in need through Communities In Schools.
Michelle Walker and Jasper Jones, associates who coordinated the drive, called it a big success. "We are so happy to be able to provide these clothing for students who need them," said Walker, who is an operations manager at the DC.
Site Coordinators from all seven CIS Sites in Walton County met at the distribution center to select clothing that was the appropriate size and style to fill the needs at their schools. Some selected t-shirts and sweatpants to help mitigate dress code problems and help keep kids in class. Some selected professsional dress to help students who were interviewing for jobs, awards, competitions and other opportunities. Others picked up coats and sweaters to help students who needed help staying warm this season. The clothing is kept on-site in each school to meet needs immediately as they arise.
"We are simply overwhelmed with gratitude for this outpouring of generosity from the Walmart associates," said Angela Yarman, executive director of Communities In Schools of Walton County. "The associates took such care to be sure the items they donated were clean and in good condition. That is not always the case with donated clothing, but the Walmart folks really took good care of our kids."