Joplin Sam’s Club employees celebrate more than a reopening

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It’s a grand reopening today for the Joplin Sam’s Club, but store workers also have another reason to be excited.


Many things to celebrate today at the store. Not only do they have a brand new remodeled store, but they also are celebrating the fact they raised the biggest amount of money in Sam’s Club chain history, and it all goes to a local organization.


“The best of the best the club has to offer now,” says Robert Thomas, Joplin Sam’s Club manager.
After an 8 month remodeling process, Sam’s Club in Joplin now has new amenities. 


“The cafe was remodeled. We got new walk-in coolers, we got new- everything in the fresh area that has to do with food is new. There’s just a lot that we didn’t offer before that’s going to be great for the community for a long time,” says Robert Thomas.


But there’s also something else to celebrate.


“From this club raised 78-thousand dollars for Freeman’s Children’s Miracle Network,” Robert Thomas.


“Him and his team and the associates here just took off,” says Heather Lesmeister, Children’s Miracle Network Program Director.


After only raising $23 thousand dollars in 2016’s campaign, the Joplin Sam’s Club employees wanted to do better.


“This building is known has had a history for doing well at everything and when I saw that together as a group we said that’s not good enough,” says Robert Thomas.


“Rob, the manager here, said we’re going to double it,” says Heather Lesmeister.


And that they did more than tripling 2016’s funds, and raising the most money for a campaign in the history of a Sam’s Club chain.


“They were the number one club in the whole United States with funds raised,” says Heather Lesmeister.


“That’s from members, volunteers, different things doing, so it’s everybody,” says Robert Thomas.


“It’s all the members and businesses in the community that have donated to make this happen,” says Heather Lesmeister.


And for this year’s campaign, the goal is even greater.


“This year we are going to go for 100-thousand,” says Robert Thomas.


“These associates are passionate about what they do. They’re passionate about helping kids in the community and it shows through what they do for Children’s Miracle Network and Freeman Health System,” says Heather Lesmeister.

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