Muumuus for a cause: Wal-Mart workers raise money for Children’s Miracle Network

Amye Buckley

How much would it take to get you in a muumuu?

That was the question posed to Crystal Ward on Wednesday, and it started a fundraising frenzy at Neosho Wal-Mart.

Assistant Manager Chad Clapp asked her if she would wear the muumuu to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network, and Ward told him it would take $200. By that evening, the associates raised $200 to put her in a muumuu all day Friday. A second challenge was issued, and by Thursday morning $500 ensured that Chuck Tullis would be sporting one, too. When John Boyer came in, he was asked what it would take to get him to wear a muumuu and the total for Children’s Miracle Network was $600.

By the morning meeting on Friday, there were seven management members in muumuus, and associates had raised $1,021 for Children’s Miracle Network. Night managers were to wear theirs when they came on shift later.

“It’s for a great cause and we’re proud of our associates,” Ward said.

Last year, the store raised $21,000 for Children’s Miracle Network. This year, their goal is $25,000.

“I think I’m manly enough to pull it off,” quipped Tullis while wearing his flowery island outfit. “It’s a very small sacrifice to make to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network and all the kids.”

Regional managers came out to see the show, including former store manager Chuck Cornelison.

“This is exactly what makes this store so great,” Cornelison said. “And I missed wearing one by a week.”

Boyer pointed out his spotlight product during the meeting as they lined up 20 feet from the muumuus display. Seven assistant managers wore muumuus during their shift Friday and collected more than a few double-takes from shoppers passing by.

“I think they’ll make a fashion statement,” Cornelison said. “The associates in this store are pretty amazing when they all decide to pull together.

“Put a challenge out there and — they’re done.”

Neosho Daily News