Commerce Walmart donates to Open Door backpack program

From Spinal Column Online

Thanks to a generous donation of backpacks and various school supplies, approximately 75 children will receive the supplies they need for a positive school year this summer.

Lee Crawford, store manager for Commerce Township Walmart store #2618, and Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall presented dozens of backpacks containing various school supplies to the Open Door Outreach Center on Friday, April 22.

“It really brings such joy to the heart to be able to know that you are part of helping the community, and that’s why I love Walmart because they give me that opportunity,” Crawford said.

The backpacks will be used to support Open Door’s back to school program, which last year distributed backpacks stuffed with age-appropriate school supplies to 50 of their client’s children. In addition to supplies, the backpacks include vouchers to shop for clothes at the center’s resale clothing store and a local retailer. The program kicks off the second week of August.

“Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall and Lee Crawford from Walmart Store #2618 are community builders,” said Karen Myers, director of Open Door. “These backpacks help create a successful school experience building a strong future for our children. This is how you build our community.”