The numbers are in and the four states community has stepped up to support the Children’s Miracle Network. After a six-week campaign shoppers at area Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores donated more $140,744 to support the charity that assists local children with medical expenses. Children’s Miracle Network Program Director Heather Lesmeister tells NewsTalk KZRG, the support from Wal-Mart stores made it possible for the donations to be made.
“They’re the vehicle to do it,” Lesmeister says. She added, “it’s the members and the community that make the donations, so together, it’s just been a wonderful, wonderful thing.”
The Joplin Sam’s Club location raised $69, 421 to support the Children’s Miracle Network. It’s the top location in the country in the Wal-Mart and Sam’s effort to support the charity that aids local children with medical expenses. Joplin Sam’s Club Manager Rob Thomas tells NewsTalk KZRG, employees and customers were able to raise the money, because they knew who the funds were helping.
“I think personally getting to the know the families makes the difference,” Thomas says. “A lot of times you do a campaign and you really don’t know who the kid is that you’re helping. We know these children they come in all the time to help, they shop our club, and we just wanted to do everything we could to help them out.”