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Wal-Mart honors former employee
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Wal-Mart Wally Davidson talks to employees about former employee Delores Bunch. - photo by Photo by Alena Parker.
Hinesville Wal-Mart store Manager Wally Davidson and other employees gathered in the back of the store to pay tribute to a former employee with a $600 check.
Delores Bunch, known as Momma Dee among the employees, passed away Jan. 2.
"We wanted to give something back for her honor and memory," Davidson said.
DaVita Dialysis Center in Hinesville received the donation since she was a former patient.
Center Administrator Ginger Shealey and social worker Carolyn Hallinan said they were "accepting money on behalf of one of our deceased patients" and explained that the funds will be put in an emergency fund.
Hallinan made it clear that Wal-Mart's donation will go toward "helping people here locally," including Midway, Riceboro and Glennville.
Shealey explained that Bunch needed dialysis three times a week and transportation was difficult. And she said the lack of public transportation left her with very few options.
"It's really hard not only for her, but other people, to get where they need to be for a lifesaving procedure they need to have," Shealey said.
One of the uses of Wal-Mart's donation to the emergency fund will be to help patients who need transportation to get dialysis.
"It's because we knew that our family (Wal-Mart employees) struggled with transportation," Pearl Todd, a Wal-Mart employee said.
Todd explained how she and other employees started calling Bunch Momma Dee shortly after she started working as a cashier in March 2000.
"Just who she always was when she walked in the door," Todd explained.
"I know Ms. Bunch would have appreciated it, seeing all her friends," Shealey said.

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