I started work at 6am today. Dragged my butt to work, did every thing I could think of to keep from being bored, and noticed a bunch of people starting to gather around the cart corral around 6:30ish. Then I realized what was going on. It was WACO charity event day.
WACO charity event is, essentially, 200+ underprivileged kids run amok in the store with teenage and adult volunteers and purchase clothes and toys for themselves and their families. WACO gives each child $75, and sometimes (ok, a lot of times), volunteers are willing to pay extra to help these kids a good Christmas. I had one person pay over $200 extra for one child.
Oh, and all of this is going on during store hours, so we had our usual Saturday load of custies and crusties as well. At the height of the event, it looked an awful lot like Thanksgiving/Black Friday. But the lines dedicated solely to WACO had the advantages of much sweeter temperaments. I can't speak for the other lines, I was selected to help ring for WACO.
After the kids got checked out (we "vandalized" the UPCs with marker so parents can't return the stuff for cash), they went to another group of volunteers and got all their goodies gift wrapped. Then they took over our break room and training room for pizza, cookies, and juice.
By the time the kids got put back on their buses and shuttled home, the floor was a mess. The toy section was severely depleted. We probably needed an army to adequately zone and restock while still working on everything else that needed to be done. But at least there were 200+ kids who are getting things they probably otherwise wouldn't be getting any time soon out there, because of this group, and I'm glad I got to help.