On October 24, popular Milford Walmart greater, Atwood Tucker, was injured when he was struck by a vehicle in the parking lot of the store. Mr. Atwood, who is known for his exuberant “Welcome to Walmart” when customers enter the store, suffered 14 broken ribs, a bruised lung and a concussion. His granddaughter, Lacey Moffett, set up a GoFundMe site for her grandfather, hoping to raise $1,500 to offset expenses since he will be out of work for several weeks.
“He and my grandmother, who are both in their 80s, are on a fixed income,” Ms. Moffett said. “As soon as people started hearing about the accident, they asked if we were setting up a GoFundMe for him. After much discussion as a family, we decided that we would.” As of Sunday, almost $9,300 had been raised to help with Mr. Tucker’s expenses.
According to the family, Mr. Tucker was pushing a shopping cart across the parking lot when the cart was hit by a vehicle in the lot. The shopping cart hit Mr. Tucker, knocking him to the ground and causing his injuries. Ms. Moffett said that her grandfather is recovering from his injuries but that his total recovery will take some time. The outpouring of sympathy has been tremendous.
“I met him while I was visiting a friend and we had to go to Walmart,” Dana Ponczek said. “He was so cute I couldn’t help but ask to hug him. He made me smile so big. I hope he gets well soon.” Rosangel Pena said that she visits Walmart in Milford at least three times per week and he is always there greeting people with his “Welcome to Walmart” greeting. Michael Breedlove, who donated to the GoFundMe, said that although he didn’t know Mr. Tucker, his daughter and her cousins adore “Mr. Atwood” as they know him.
“He brings a smile to their face which brings a smile to mine,” Mr. Breedlove wrote. “Thank you and get well soon.” Trisha Marney commented that Mr. Atwood brings joy to the Milford community and that his smile is infectious, calling him her “Up Guy.” Many who donated to the fund said that they and their children love seeing him at the door at the store and that they often feel the need to give him a hug.
The GoFundMe page is still active and donations are still being accepted to help the Tucker’s as “Mr. Walmart” as Mr. Tucker has been called, recovers. To donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/mr-atwood-aka-mr-walmart-2usm25cg.
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