Those planning on doing a bit of early morning shopping in Wauseon may have been treated to a nice surprise last Saturday. The local Walmart saw some of its employees put on a Pancake and Sausage breakfast just outside the building. Anyone was invited to attend, though a free will donation, which would go toward the Relay for Life organization was requested.
That particular cause was not chosen without much consideration, and there is a good reason the cancer fighting charity resonated with these Walmart Warriors, as those who take part in such events are known.
“Cancer has touched many of us in this store.” Jodi Arkwright, an Assistant Manager and organizer of the group, admitted.
One of those people who as had cancer affect his life on a personal level is Jeff Loines, the Night Manager of the store. After working a twelve hour shift on Friday night, Loines stuck around for the breakfast, as he was among those standing at an entrance informing people that the event was taking place. What could have motivated him to spend his personal time this way, even after putting in such a long night?
“I lost my dad to cancer.” Explained Loines.
Because of this development, Loines is always eager and ready to take part in the activities of the Walmart Warriors. The group is spreading their scope as well, as this was the first year the breakfast was made public. In years past, it had been an internal fundraiser, open only to employees. Decisions such as the one to expand the range of the breakfast are paying off, too.
“So far this year, we’re on pace to raise $8,000.” Arkwright stated.
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