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Every Child is Ours celebrates expansion thanks to grant

TUCKERMAN, AR (KAIT) – Every Child is Ours in Tuckerman celebrated a grant Wednesday that's allowed the non-profit to offer some new services.

The group held an event to honor Wal-Mart for giving the group a grant worth $75,000.

The money allowed the group to build a shed next to its facility that houses a walk-in freezer for additional food storage.

Jan Paschal, the president of Every Child is Ours, says the grant also afforded her group the ability to put  a library in the shed with a unique check-out system.

"It's a little different," Paschal said, "because if there are books in there that you want, you just have to write us and tell us why you want it and we'll find some way to get it for you."

Officials from Wal-Mart attended the event, too. Ashley Taylor, a regional manager, said it's rare that the store's employees get to see firsthand how the grant money is spent.

"It's just so exciting," Taylor said, "to not only physically see what the grant was used for, but to see what impact it's having on the community and then just the support of the whole community."

Every Child is Ours also used the money to install a new air conditioner for its building as well as a generator. Paschal says some of the money may go toward opening a new clothing closet in Swifton.

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