Walmart brings cheer to Alhambra’s needy students with Cards cheerleaders, Coke polar bear

ShaVonne Louis hadn’t planned on doing Christmas this year. The mother of eight left work earlier than planned because she had a baby prematurely. Times were tough, and she needed to pay rent. So when she brought one of her sons to Alhambra Elementary School District’s Family Resource Center on Friday, expectations were low. Little did she and 49 other families know that Walmart had teamed up with the Family Resource Center to spread holiday cheer to the most in-need children in the district. Families arrived to the center near 35th and Glendale avenues to find a celebration with gifts, treats and a visit from Santa and his helpers. “It was just a wonderful thing for him, and he’s happy, so I’m happy,” Louis said. “God is great. He always gets the glory in everything, and I always give him the glory.” Walmart had been planning the surprise for a few weeks, according to Paula Ginnett, regional general manager and vice president of Walmart. “These are our customers,” Ginnett said. “And so it was simply recognizing the work that was being done while also giving back to the communities we serve.” “I had a parent come up and speak about what an impact it made for her, and that almost made me cry. So it’s a nice pause in a busy season to actually remember what the season’s about.” Walmart “elves” passed out Walmart gift cards to parents and wrapped presents to children, resulting in smiling faces and cheerful spirits. The remainder of the time was spent… [Read full story]

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