Sharing the Spark
On her trip to Ethiopia with Ordinary Hero in 2021, Alora brought a unique gift with her: Walmart socks!
The Walmart SparkShop had started selling two-packs of socks for $1—normally they’re $4. When she spotted the deal, Alora knew she had to jump on it!
Alora gave socks to friends and family members (her grandmother loves them because they’re so warm, she says). She also brought about 40 pairs to Ethiopia, where the mission was working with a community of people living in a dump.
“These people are experiencing life in a way we cannot even comprehend,” she says. “The socks are just a reminder to them that someone cares.”
Caring On and Off the Clock
Alora started working for Walmart as a cashier 27 years ago in Kansas City. She’s worked in quite a few stores over the years, mostly in southwest Missouri. She recently moved from Store 179 to her current store, 138, both in Springfield.
Alora’s Walmart career has offered her a great work-life balance. She’s been able to have a career at Walmart, support her family and also live a full life outside of work.
She believes her ministry work comes into play at work.
“It's about showing people you care,” Alora explains. “That's how you get people to work with you—just by showing them you care, knowing who they are, knowing who their family is, asking them about their life... You want to be that person who people can come to with whatever.”