In a presentation held Wednesday, Holmes for Her employees presented Peggy Reid of the Samaritan House with a check for $1188 and several food items, including macaroni and cheese, vegetables and canned tuna to be distributed to needy families in the area.
“We’re really proud of this,” said owner Alice Pittman. “Maybe we can make this an annual thing.”
Holmes for Her sent e-mails announcing the fundraiser and placed an ad in the paper hoping to bring in more donations to benefit the local not-for-profit organization. The Samaritan House is sponsored by the Ministerial Association, which is made up of 14 churches in Cedartown and serves many local residents’ needs. The pantry receives no state or federal funding, but relies wholly on local donations.
In order to raise the money, Holmes for Her had a game it called, ‘Deal or No Deal’ that allowed interested shoppers to donate $10 and receive a mystery box that contained Holmes for Her merchandise. The store also held a raffle for a handbag that was awarded to Claudia Henderson, a local middle school teacher. Owners also put on a ‘10 for 10’ program in which anyone who donated 10 non-perishable goods could receive 10 percent off her purchase.
“I’m thankful they took the time to help out the people in this community,” Reid said.
Holmes for Her hopes to continue raising funds for the needy. In the boutique’s next charity venture, the store hopes to bring awareness to breast cancer research by offering limited edition items from Brighton throughout the month of October to benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation. Holmes for Her, in conjunction with Brighton, is also sponsoring a ‘Friends Feeding Friends’ drive, where $15 per set sold benefits local communities and another $15 is donated to national hunger efforts.
Any one interested in helping the Samaritan House may drop off donations at 302 Wissahickon Ave. between the hours of 9 and 11:30 a.m.