MUSKOGEE, Okla. -- When walking into the Muskogee Walmart, Yolanda Crawford is hard to miss.
“She’s loud and you know when Miss Yolanda is there and she is such a joy,” said Muskogee resident Barbara Chadwell.
When customers found out that Crawford makes a 15 minute trek to work by foot everyday, they knew they needed to help her out.
Within two weeks Muskogee residents and an anonymous donor helped Crawford get new wheels for Christmas.
“We put brand new tires on the vehicle, we’re paying for tag and title for her, and six months of insurance for her," said Muskogee resident Scott Yandell.
It was a total shock for the woman with such an infectious spirit who has been spreading joy in the Walmart for just two years.
“I’m very excited because I never thought this would ever happen for me and it did,” said Crawford.
But helping her out was an easy answer for those who helped fundraise on her behalf, as well as the dozens of people who braved the cold to see her receive the new car.
“Everyone is just rooting for her and everyone loves her,” said Chadwell.
“What better way to celebrate by giving someone a new car for Christmas,” said Yandell.
Crawford, who was in tears while accepting the key to her 2014 Nissan Versa, will now be able to get to work a lot easier. She can continue to meet new people and welcome them in with smiles as the doors open at Walmart.
“The community loves me and they appreciate me for saying 'welcome to Walmart' to them as they come in and out of Walmart and I appreciate them as well,” said Crawford.
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