The loss of Clinton Walmart is still being felt for a community non-profit.
The Neighborhood Care Center in Clinton for several years was the caretaker of the money that was raised by the bellringers for the Salvation Army at the Clinton Walmart during the Christmas season. The loss of Walmart meant the loss of those dollars coming into the community to support those in need.
Cody Monkman is the Director of the Neighborhood Care Center and says while the loss was devastating, it was almost a blessing in disguise. He indicates last year he set out to try to raise money privately and found out any money he raised, 100-percent of those dollars stayed local.
According to Monkman, the funds they raised last year ran out last month. Monkman and Laura Conheady with the Neighborhood Care Center have started to fundraise to make sure they can make it through the next year. Conheady says it has been tough on the community to not be able to help.
The Neighborhood Care Center is a faith-based organization and Monkman says it is a multi-faceted group that tries to support the community through several ministries.
The two say they don't have a target for funds raised but will accept whatever the community is willing to provide to help their neighbors in need. If you'd like to donate, send your donation to 100 North Jackson Street in Clinton.