This year we decided to hold our fundraising activities during our four holiday sidewalk cookouts and invited the community to Chill at the Grill!
In partnership with several of our vendors we were excited to offer a total of $1,800 to four local community organizations. Our chosen recipients included the City Mission Men’s and Women’s Shelters, the Peters Township Food Bank and Dress for Success.
Our community involvement also goes beyond the monetary. We’ve been collecting clothing for women beginning new careers, eye and sunglasses for those in Togo without ready access to optometrists and eye care, coats and jackets for children and women suffering from domestic violence and evening wear for those with special needs to let them shine on their prom night!
Thank you to Logan Family Farms, Pasture Perfect Kobe Beef, Eternal, Voss and 1907 Waters and our distributors for partnering with us to make these events a success.
And thank all of you for your support helping bring happiness and joy to those in need!!
We were also very excited to join several other organizations during the year that support our local community (and beyond!) through their events.
We had the opportunity to help the GF community of Florida when Hurricane Irma hit the Keys and South Florida in September. We shipped several cases of Erewhon GF Cereal to Miami in coordination with the National Celiac organization and GF South Florida who helped distribute them to those in need.
We also collected coats and jackets for women and children during the month of October through the Domestic Violence Services of SW PA.
We supported the Non-GMO Project with a portion of the proceeds of our Take 10! 10% Off Day on October 25. We appreciate their mission supporting the labeling of products that have not been genetically modified helping us avoid health and environmental risks.
How to avoid GM foods:
To make this simple, remember… you are real, so eat real food!
“Night to Shine”, a Tim Tebow Foundation sponsored event, allows individuals with physical and intellectual limitations to experience the excitement of Prom Night. Held last year at The Bible Chapel, our customers helped them shine by generously donating their unused prom and special occasion dresses for what turned out to be a huge fun event!
Every time you make a purchase you now have the opportunity to round up your total shopping tab to the nearest dollar. The difference is then donated to one of four non-profit categories: Children, Animal, Environmental and Social. At the end of each quarter, the amounts you donate will be counted and the charity will receive a check for not only the amount collected but also a matching donation from us.
Fourth quarter’s 2016 recipient was Pets for Vets.
Pets for Vets is a non-profit dedicated to helping military veterans returning from duty heal the emotional wounds that make it difficult to transition back to civilian life by pairing them with a shelter dog that is specially selected to match his or her personality. Professional animal trainers rehab the dogs and teach them good manners to fit into the veteran’s lifestyle. Training may also include desensitization to wheel chairs or crutches as well as recognizing panic or anxiety disorder behaviors. At the same time shelter dogs receive a new home while giving our returning troops a friendly valuable companion. This powerful friendship creates health and happiness for both in their new lives together. With our customer’s round up contributions, we were so grateful to present a donation of $500 in support of this extraordinary organization.
Another organization we were very honored to contribute toward was for the family of Canonsburg Officer Scott Bashioum who gave the ultimate sacrifice during a routine police call. We appreciate the courage and dedication of our local police services.
During our June 17 annual Father’s Day Cookout we raised $1,000 for Liam’s Crew, a Canonsburg children’s charity group!
Liam’s Crew is a local children’s charity that provides bags filled with blankets, stuffed animals, coloring books, crayons, puzzles and books to children who visit the emergency room at Canonsburg Hospital. Liam’s Crew is a service project founded in November 2015 by Michael Kazmarski, Liam’s father. Liam passed away in July 2015 while undergoing treatment for leukemia. He was 2 years old.
The goal of the project, which is a component of the Greater Canonsburg Lions Club, is to provide comfort to children while they are a patient in the Canonsburg Hospital Emergency Room. Each child, age 0 to 6, receives a bag filled with blankets, stuffed animals, crayons, coloring books, puzzles and books with the hope of making them feel better and less scared.
Donations of items to fill the bags are accepted at the Greater Canonsburg Lions Club. Checks also are accepted and can be made out to the Greater Canonsburg Lions Club, with “Liam’s Crew” on the memo line.
For more information about Liam’s Crew, call 724.986.0831.
Our third quarter’s 2016 recipient was American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Pittsburgh Chapter. With your donations and our match we raised $500 through the Register Round Up and $700 through our Cook Out!
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. Through the local Pittsburgh chapter they create community programs educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raise funds for suicide research and programs and provide support for those affected by suicide.
Second quarter’s 2016 recipient was The Washington County Humane Society. We raised and matched for a donation total of $500!
The Washington Area Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) no-kill shelter funded solely by private contributions. Their shelter takes in thousands of animals and investigates an average of 1000 abuse complaints each year. Their outpatient pet clinic is available to anyone with a pet offering a variety of services for routine dog and cat care including spay and neuter, vaccinations, de-worming, flea & tick prevention, nail trimming and ear cleaning.
Our first quarter 2016 donation recipient was Casey’s Clubhouse at the Miracle League Field in USC. We were excited to present the Miracle League a check for $516.06 — just in time for the new baseball season!
Miracle League Field is bringing the game of baseball to children who may have never had the opportunity to play on a real field. By building a custom-designed field with a cushioned rubberized surface to help prevent injuries, wheelchair accessible dugouts and a completely flat surface to eliminate any barriers to wheel-chair bound or visually impaired players, the field has eliminated the challenges that prevent many children from playing the game of baseball.