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Shelby Brown receives amazing surprise at Richmond collection drive

Drop of donations next Friday, Saturday at Walmart on Sheila Lane in South Richmond
Posted at 12:09 AM, Sep 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-27 16:33:21-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Local nonprofit Mission From The Heart Foundation, an organization founded by CBS 6 Reporter Shelby Brown, received a big surprise during their collection drive Saturday outside the Sheila Lane Walmart in South Richmond.

Walmart surprised the organization with a check for $10,000, which will help pay for items like toiletries and clothes for needy children.

"During this time, especially during the pandemic, it's just a different time now,” Walmart’s Anita Rouse said. “Mission From The Heart is always out there supporting the community. I'm just glad Walmart can be part of that support for Mission From The Heart."

If you missed Saturday's event two more collections are scheduled outside the Sheila Lane Walmart on Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3. Just look for the big CBS 6 News tent.

Shelby and volunteers will be collecting much-needed toiletry items, socks, undergarments for elementary through high school age students.

They are also in need of new jackets and warm items. Supporters can also make monetary donations as well.

Volunteers will be wearing masks and following social distancing protocols during this event.

They will ask shoppers to pick up items when they go into the store and drop off their donations in a collection bin once they exit Walmart.

Mission From The Heart Foundation is a nonprofit serving students who are experiencing homelessness and low income families in the Metro Richmond area, including Petersburg, Chesterfield, Henrico and Hanover. To learn more, go to missionfromtheheartrva.org.