Walmart Puts Out Collection Bins For Needy Employees

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

Credit: OUR Walmart Facebook Page

Walmart Puts Out Collection Bins For Needy Employees

November 19, 2013 Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 11:41 AM EDT

OHIO (21Alive) -- A group called Organization United for Respect (OUR) is rallying support for Walmart employees after a Walmart store in Canton, Ohio, put out tubs with a sign saying "please donate food items here so associates in need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner."

The group is asking for "likes" on the post if followers "think Walmart should pay us enough that we can afford to buy our own Thanksgiving dinners". The group has over 41,000 fans and the post has nearly 900 "likes".

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the bins are placed in an employee-only area. The OUR Facebook page criticizes the store for asking coworkers to donate food to one another.

A Walmart spokesman told the Cleveland Plains Dealer that the donation drive is part of the "company's community culture".

"It is for associates who have had some hardship comes up," he said. "Maybe their spouse lost a job."

ABC News reports that Walmart is defending the drive because employees are voluntarily helping their coworkers. Huffington Post reports that a May study by congressional Democrats shows that Walmart employees use food stamps and government-subsidized health care to make ends meet, costing taxpayers $900K per year.

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