Wal-Mart supportive of homeless shelter

November 16, 2004

Dear Editor:

I would like to thank Wal-Mart and Ken Walton.

Lots of time we hear such negative things. But I just wanted to point out a bright spot in Danville, and that is the local Wal-Mart. We run the Isaiah House Gospel Rescue Mission for the eight-county area, serving a population of more than 100,000, and whenever we needed anything, Ken and his staff are always there. They are always polite and considerate as well as compassionate - something that I wouldn't really have expected in such a large company. And even though it is large, they maintain that hometown feeling.

Ken has made himself available numerous times:

* When we expanded how many people we could serve and needed blankets, sheets, towels and so on.

* When summer hit and we had put people in our upstairs rooms, which were not air conditioned, Wal-Mart came to the rescue when many others said no.


* When our van, on which we put over 70,000 miles per year, needed tires they were there to offer assistance.

As a homeless shelter, we feed many people all year-round, and having to get the best deal on food would basically mean that we would have to travel to so many different stores but that's not so because they match the price and save us lots of unnecessary running.

I just wanted to applaud them all and urge everyone to support the company that supports what is really important to the community. Homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction or mental illness in this area seem to be kept in the closet not to be noticed, but it affects almost every family in these counties. But at Wal-Mart our cares and concerns for the community are theirs and I thank them. Please support them.

Mark LaPalme

Executive director

Isaiah House Gospel Rescue Mission


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