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Plan aids Toy Closet

Carolin Hockley, Captain of the Wal-Mart 3183 MSP Team presents a cheque for $1,200 to Joeleen Mann, RN with help from Laura & Oliver Cardwell, Jen Gregory, Donna Grainger (EKFH) and Richard Webb. - Photo submitted
Carolin Hockley, Captain of the Wal-Mart 3183 MSP Team presents a cheque for $1,200 to Joeleen Mann, RN with help from Laura & Oliver Cardwell, Jen Gregory, Donna Grainger (EKFH) and Richard Webb.
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Wal-mart Canada has recently initiated a new associates program entitled My Sustainability Plan (MSP) through its stores across Canada with a focus on reducing waste and energy and to drive the growth and availability of sustainable products and choices.  The plan is based on three pillars – my planet, my health and my life.

Each Wal-Mart store has a MSP captain, Carolin Hockley, along with the members of the Cranbrook MSP team, also set some personal goals and sustainable initiatives which included recycling, eating healthy, quitting smoking and more.

The 383 Cranbrook team made up of Carolin, Brad, Deb, Richard, Shelley, Judi-Lynn, Sharita and Sandy decided to focus on eating healthy and also decided to include a component of raising money for the East Kootenay Regional Hospital’s Pediatric Toy Closet.

The MSP team hosted an in-house Build a Salad event.   Wal-mart associates made a $4 donation for “all you can eat” salad and also had a chance to put in an entry to win a surprise bag of sustainable items valued at $50 - $70.   The event raised $600 for the toy closet.  Wal-mart Canada made a matching grant   resulting in a  contribution of $1,200 in funds and an additional four boxes filled to the brim of stuffies, stickers, bubbles  and assorted toys.

Toys in the toys closet are given to kids to take home after a stay at the hospital.   The items are new and the closet offers something for every age from 1-18 years.   The pediatric nursing team monitors the closet and utilizes the funds to upgrade items as and when needed.  The toy closet is not just for kids in the pediatrics unit but available for kids who are in the intensive care unit or emergency departments.

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