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Walmart Truck Drivers Give Back to Kids in Need

By: Chelsea Tucker

Chelsea Tucker

A recent graduate from The University of Alabama, Chelsea is currently pursuing a Master's Degree and works as a web relations coordinator at Randall-Reilly.

There’s no telling how many little things we have taken for granted today alone. If we can drive a car, walk to the store, and are generally in pretty decent health, we have a good bit to be thankful for. If you’re the kind of person who wakes up in the mornings grateful for the air in your lungs, and wondering how that air can help others, you are not alone. Walmart Heart is a troop of Walmart truck drivers who desire to provide for children and adults with medical conditions that could use an extra hand.

Through their own funding and volition, these drivers seek out families to give them a break from managing their special needs everyday. The drivers’ usual mode of operating is to surprise the lucky child and let them ride around in their big rig for a while, making them an honorary truck driver. What follows is a huge party in their honor and gifts sure to brighten anyone’s day.

Drivers make Dream a Reality

The latest honorary truck driver hails from Mexico, Maine. DeVante Dupree, born at 27 weeks, has cerebral palsy and therefore has not had many of the same opportunities his peers have. One particular rite of passage the 13 year old could only watch his friends reach was riding a bike. The muscle affecting disease made it impossible for DeVante to operate a typical bicycle, but the truckers of Walmart Heart put an end to that.

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Devante Dupree with Wal-Mart Heart program volunteer John Lestage

The volunteer oriented team delivered a $1,200 custom made tri-cycle to the teen, with his name on the license plate and special pedals so he won’t slip. Along with the sweet ride came a stationary bike so he can work on his pedaling strength before he hits the road. DeVante also received Xbox games, his own trucker uniform, and a few other awesome gifts to complement his new wheels.

A couple of the drivers at the event that helped the whole thing come together were Fred Thompson and Anthony Saucier. Both drivers consider the joy they get to bring to needy children enough payment for the time and money they invest in helping make dreams come true.

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