Final Push For Donations Hits Goals With Campaign From Local Pharmacy
Darren Doyle, story:
In a final push for donations, the first year of Edmonson County's Affordable Christmas has already been deemed a success as the organization formerly known as The Angel Tree Program is on track to meet the goals set for the program, thanks in part, to Alford's Pharmacy and Drive Thru.
The local pharmacy recently announced that they would be matching all donations to ECAC up to $3,000 through November 30th. As of the day before the deadline, $1300 in donations had been dropped off at the pharmacy but a late promotion by the crew at Alford's helped bring in $1700 more in only a day and a half, which met the goal of $3000.
Today, Alford's Pharmacy presented a check along with other community donations for a total number of $6,000 to Edmonson County Affordable Christmas, which has put them on track to reach their total goal.
"We weren't sure how this would go but we were simply blown away," said pharmacy owner, Kasey Alford. "We are so thankful for everyone that donated to this wonderful Christmas program to make sure we matched the full $3,000."
The program is overseen by the Edmonson County Family Resource-Youth Services Centers and co-sponsored by Brownsville Missionary Baptist Church. Alicia Edwards, FRYSC Coordinator for SEES and Kyrock, said the local program is grateful for a community-wide effort that has been shown which will help local families at Christmas.
"Alford’s Pharmacy's generous donation and match is just what we need at the end of the donation season to purchase all of the remaining gifts we need to make this happen," she said. "This week we'll be busy checking our list--twice, to see what we still need to make it the best day for our families."
She also wanted to publicly thank all the individuals that brought their donations to Alford's Pharmacy, many at the last minute, to help with this year's program.
"Every gift is important to us and we are so thankful for our small county who has a very big heart," she said.
The items will be compiled in the first-ever "Affordable Christmas Store," which will be assembled at the EC 5/6 Center and is scheduled for a December 7th shopping day. Inventory will be assorted on tables and racks just like any other store. For $5 per child, a qualifying parent can shop through the store and buy gifts up to $125 value, which will include three $10 toys, two $20 toys, and one $30-$40 toy, in addition to underwear, socks, shirt, pants, and a coat. If donations allow, the child will also receive a pair of shoes. Coordinators say this will eliminate the inconsistencies in the way the former program worked.
Kasey Alford added that he considered it a privilege to be part of such a worthy cause.
"God blesses us so that we can be a blessing to others, period," he said.
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