Cheraw’s Walmart is holding its annual fundraising drive for the Children’s Miracle Network.
The drive, an effort of Walmart stores in the area, ends in June. Nakeia Gilbert, a coordinator with the Children’s Miracle Network, said the Cheraw store is already nearing $11,000 of its $12,000 goal.
“We’re actually doing pretty great,” Gilbert said. “This is one of our best years. This year, we have more participation from everyone in the store versus previous years when we just had a team of different people who pretty much did everything. This year we also had local businesses get involved.”
Gilbert said businesses including KFC, and Hwy 55 have pitched in as well as associates and residents volunteering their time to aid in the effort.
Gilbert said this year’s fundraising drive features a verity of events including a pancake breakfast sale on Saturday and a fish fry on Friday.
“We had a bake sale this past weekend,” she said. “We had an officer with the police department come in. We had a makeshift- — we call it a ‘jailhouse’ — they had to raise a certain amount of money before he could get out.”
Gilbert said employees of the Cheraw Walmart have also put together dance-off competitions and fashion shows which will occur throughout the weekend. The store’s managers also have a fundraising competition in which the four managers who raise the least will compete in a tricycle race.
Gilbert said the Walmart also has continuous raffles.
“The drawings there are pretty much ongoing,” she said. “Right now we have a 50-inch TV, a grill, swimming pool. We did have a bicycle, but someone won that.”
The Children’s Miricle Network is an international nonprofit dedicated to raising funds for children’s hospitals as well as medical research and educating the public about medical issues facing children.
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