COMMUNITY 2017-10-17T20:48:53+00:00
Pads for Pēds (Pediatric Pad Foundation)

The Pediatric Pad Foundation (Pads for Pēds) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides computer tablets and other related computer equipment to be used by patients at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics all over the United States. Our mission is to bring joy and diversion to young hospital patients facing acute medical care.

Since developing the organization, Walker In-Store has donated iPads to the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics Minneapolis and is committed to putting iPad libraries in Children’s hospitals across the country.

Allan Law’s entire life has been consumed passionately and unselfishly serving the poor, vulnerable, disadvantaged youth, and their families. Since 1967 he has volunteered more than 175,000 hours, and has personally spent almost $500,000 serving…. with love and compassion and delivering a message of hope to those most in need. Over the years he has received numerous awards, including the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Gold Medallion presented at the U.S. Supreme Court. He has also received recognition from 3 U.S. Presidents for his Public Service. His dedication to helping others, and serving those in need through difficult and trying times, has given hope to thousands of people through more than 44 years of volunteering.

Allan is the sole delivery person, and spends every night from 9pm to10am driving the inner city streets of the Twin Cities in search of people to help. He works overnight because that’s when shelters are closed, and homeless people living on the street are most vulnerable. He also responds to several calls a day 24/7 from people in crisis, with requests ranging from critical immediate needs, to others like help finding a job or temporary housing. Making as many as 50 stops a night, he provides urgently needed food, basic necessities, and compassionate care to hundreds of people from the back of his MRD minivan. On any given night there are an estimated 7,000 homeless people in the Twin Cities Metropolitan area, and over 2,200 are children under 17. The goal of MRD is to feed, and provide emergency assistance to as many of them every day as possible.

Toys for Tots (A.K.A. Toys for Teens)

The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.

We’ve been told that in our area, the older kids and teenagers are often overlooked in the Toys for Tots program. Each year, Walker In-Store closes down it’s office for a few hours and everyone shops for the teens!

Ronald McDonald House – Cooks for Kids

After a long day at the hospital, families look forward to a “home-away-from-home” cooked meal. Cooks for Kids groups plan, purchase, prepare and serve meals every day of the year and are bright spots in the day of a family staying in one of the children’s hospital locations. Walker In-Store happily participates in this program at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics Minneapolis.