Sam's Club kicks off month-long fundraiser

Sam's Club employees grill outside the Amarillo store to raise money for the National MS Society.

Instead of taking a break from work on her days off, Amarillo Sam's Club team member Andrea Johnson is working to raise money for those living with multiple sclerosis...and so are many of her co-workers.

"It's all volunteer hours and the whole crew comes out on their days off and do everything they can to meet our goal," Johnson said.

That goal is $20,000 by the end of the month. And Johnson says they will meet it. They donated $13,000 in 2013. "With this team, I know we're going to be able to make that goal," Johnson said.

For the second year in a row, Amarillo's Sam's Club is raising money throughout March for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Employees are volunteering their time grilling and selling food outside the doors of the store. Johnson said they are striving to do something everyday - selling popcorn, pickles, breakfast burritos and more. "On Friday, Saturday and Sundays we are grilling burgers. Five dollars gets you a cheeseburger, chips and a drink," Johnson said.

Development Manager for the Panhandle Office of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society April Brownlee says Sam's Club is always willing to help the organization.

"Sam's Club are great supporters of MS in Amarillo and they are kicking of MS Awareness Week with the month-long fundraising campaign," Brownlee said.

MS Awareness Week is a push for the Society to make people aware of the debilitating disease. Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic, disabling disease of the central nervous system. There is now cure and the cause is unknown. Brownlee said many people in the panhandle are affected by it.

"The panhandle has a large pocket of people with MS. We don't know why that is and we are looking for those answers through research. The money raised by Sam's helps with those efforts to achieve a cure," Brownlee said.

The Sam's Club
team effort is also leading up to the upcoming Walk MS event. Scheduled for Saturday, March 30th, teams fundraise for the organization. And Johnson and co-workers will be kicking it off as the company is the event's presenting sponsor.

"Anybody that has a disease or sickness, it would be an honor to help them," Johnson said.

More information on the works of the National MS Society and Walk MS can be found here.