South Cullman Walmart car show raises funds for Children’s Miracle Network

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The team at the south Cullman Walmart came together with the community on Saturday, June 15, 2024, to put on a car show to raise money and awareness for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. (Cheyenne Sharp)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The team at the south Cullman Walmart came together with the community on Saturday, June 15, to put on a car show to raise money and awareness for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Featuring everything from classic domestic cars to modern imports, the show brought in droves of attendees throughout the three-hour event.

“Associates at the south Cullman Walmart have a passion for helping families in our community, and there is no better way than supporting Children’s Hospital Birmingham,” said south Cullman Walmart General Manager David Roberts.

The store cordoned off a portion of its Garden Center parking lot, designating enough space for the novelty vehicles to be viewed. A lower portion of the lot was separated by a partition and housed officers, deputies and emergency response crews with their vehicles from the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office – including one of its K-9 Officers, Brenda, Cullman Fire Rescue and the Cullman Police Department, which displayed all three of its modes of public safety and patrol transportation: helicopter, watercraft and street vehicles.

Roberts shared, “The car show is our largest fundraising event yearly, and adding the police and fire departments made it such a fun interactive experience for the customers this year.”

The officers, deputies and emergency responders left the doors of their vehicles and crafts open, allowing the smallest of show visitors to explore the vessels and vehicles.  Personnel explained each bell, whistle, button and switch, including lifesaving equipment and machinery such as the “Jaws of Life.”

As a special addition, CCSO Deputy Bryan White was given the task of parking his vehicle and greeting guests at the entrance of the informal exploration event. White and his partner, K-9 Brenda, took their tasks seriously, smiling and (Brenda) sniffing and welcoming each visitor.  

The community event was pulled together by a need to help the store raise and donate funds to the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN). Walmart has been a large part of the CMN since 1987, raising more than a $1 billion for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in those years.

About Walmart’s support for its cause, the CMN website says, “Walmart and Sam’s Club associates play a key role in supporting their local children’s hospitals. Walmart and Sam’s Club associates across the US and Canada raised more than $50 million each year through fundraisers and register donations.”

“The (south Cullman) store has raised over $100,000 in the last three years alone with every penny going to Children’s Hospital Birmingham,” Roberts stated. “Any customer can participate by simply donating at the register at the time of checkout. Let your spare change a life today.”

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