This is one of my favorite times of year to rest, relax, recharge, and spend time with family and friends enjoying the magic of the season. My husband Chris is the Southland Conference Commissioner, and earlier this month we traveled to Las Vegas for the National Football Foundation’s Hall of Fame Event. Every December at the event, the partners of the Commissioners volunteer together in the local community. This year, we spent the day at the Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, serving lunch. 

These couple of hours reminded me of the importance of self-care, but also something that is often lost in the discussion. Giving — going beyond ourselves and stepping out of our comfort zones to serve others — is one of the most effective and proven ways to boost our well-being, transforming the giver as much as the recipient. 

Here, six inspiring members of our Thrive Challenge community explain how they’re volunteering over the holidays.

Kathy Murphy, Walmart Supercenter #76, Berryville, AR

Arvis Abban, Walmart Customer, 2021 Grand Champ, Fredericksburg, VA

Jackie Hammond, Walmart Store #2326, Hornell, NY

Matthew Fry, Walmart Customer, Lebanon, TN 

 Patty Kennedy, Sam’s Club #6572, Knoxville, TN 

Kirsten Ohara, Walmart Store #2326, Hornell, NY

Sunday Oguntoyinbo, Walmart Supercenter #5727, Bradenton, FL

Thank you to our wonderful Thrive Challenge community. We wish you and your families happy holidays and a peaceful New Year.

A reminder that you can now connect your wearable device in Thrive when you join the Thrive Challenge — and don’t forget to share your story. It’s your time to Thrive! Walmart and Sam’s Club Associates (plus friends, family, and customers) have free access to Thrive. Sign up here and submit your story for a chance to win part of a $1,000,000 prize pool.


  • MT Grant

    General Manager, Walmart

    Thrive Global

    MT leads Thrive Global's partnership with Walmart, impacting the well-being of over 2 million associates. Previously, MT served as Thrive's VP of Customer Success, Strategic Accounts. Prior to Thrive, MT held senior roles at Gusto and Pilot. She resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband Chris and pup Bash.