Sam’s Club Manager Works Tirelessly for Region’s Relief Efforts

Incident Commander Major Jerold Forney thanks Shane Dickerson and his Sam's Club team for working hard to meet supply needs of disaster relief organizations.

While he may not be a first responder or trained in disaster relief, Shane Dickerson is using his unique skills to boost recovery efforts in Missouri.

Dickerson is the Kansas and Missouri Market Manager for Sam’s Club and member of The Salvation Army’s Kansas City Advisory Board. He has worked tirelessly throughout the Joplin disaster to create a supply infrastructure that would permeate all areas of need across the region.

Dickerson has chosen to coordinate his efforts with the Fire Department Chief, the Red Cross and The Salvation Army.

“I sit on the Advisory Board in Kansas City, so I was incredibly excited to see The Salvation Army as the first organization on our door step asking for aid so they could respond,” said Dickerson. “They said they needed gloves, so we gave them every glove we had available – down to the gloves our butchers use to handle meat.”

Dickerson has salvaged what materials he is able from the now-demolished Walmart on Range Line Road, and has tapped the Sam’s Club supply chain to distribute Gatorade, water, shopping carts, baby clothing, diapers, and dust masks.

Dickerson and Sam’s Club continue to work to meet the needs of first responders and aid organizations responding to the crisis, and intend to provide aid throughout the crisis.

To donate to The Salvation Army’s ongoing tornado relief efforts in Missouri and throughout the central US, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. You can find more information about giving here.

Photo and story by Danielle Eickenhorst.