Walmart employees help Mission Outreach brighten up shelter

(Source: KAIT)
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(Source: Kristiana Nordstrom)
(Source: Kristiana Nordstrom)

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Walmart's "Live Better" motto was seen in action Friday in Paragould.

A group of Walmart employees spent the week at Mission Outreach of Northeast Arkansas volunteering.

Genise Carnelison, field project supervisor for Walmart, said this community service project came together after they opened the Paragould Walmart Neighborhood Market in June.

"Walmart believes that when we come into the community and put up a store we also want to help the community," Carnelison said.

After learning how Mission Outreach cares for the homeless and feeds those in need, Carnelison said helping them was a priority.

"Knowing that Jackie [Ross] has one of the largest homeless shelters, we wanted to help him out, you know, because these kids are our future," Carnelison said.

Walmart stores from across the United States joined those in Paragould to donate supplies for the project.

The team focused on painting several common areas while also ripping up old carpet and laying new flooring.

Carnelison said by sharing the project on social media, they've been able to contribute more than just cosmetic work.

"We've brought in 6 or 7 loads of stuff from basic things they need like sheets and comforters and pillows to clothes," Carnelison said.

The team that helps open and renovate Walmart stores across the state spent most of the week at Mission Outreach.

While the will head home on Friday, Carnelison said the work isn't done.

The manager for the Paragould Walmart Neighborhood Market will make sure supplies and donations keep coming in.

"He's going to continue helping," Carnelison said. "He helps with gift cards when Jackie needs stuff."

The entire team agreed this experience taught them humility and thankfulness.

"Just about anybody at any time could be here, and we want them to know that no matter where they are in life that people care, and they really do want to help them," Carnelison said.

Mission Outreach and the volunteer teamed wanted to thank every business and individual that donated supplies.

Home Depot and Sherwin Williams donated flooring and paint.

To find out how you can donate or help those at Mission Outreach contact Jackie at 870-236-8080 or visit the Paragould Neighborhood Market and ask for Josh.

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