Last updated: July 18. 2013 2:13PM - 479 Views
Debbie Rolen
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The local Lowes store participated in fundraising efforts through the Shamrocks program to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s (MDA) vital research and service programs, including summer camps and MDA clinics.

According to Manager Cheryl Compton, the cashiers sold 13,398 shamrocks.

“Thanks to our customers, our store was number one in our market of fifteen stores, with the next closest being 11,621,” said Compton, “We calso came in second in the region of over 100 stores. The cashiers worked hard to ask every customer if they would like to buy a Shamrock, and our customers were so generous despite the economy and job loss this area has had.”

Janet Robinson said summer camp for one child costs $800, and the employees are excited they raised enough money to send 16 kids to camp at Cedar Lakes.

“All the money stays in the region to help local kids,” said Robinson, “That is the best part. Our community pulled together to raise as much money as we could to help our kids.”

The store has had a history of generosity to MDA. They have come in first in their market two previous years and were third last year. This year, they doubled last year’s contribution.

“We are very grateful for the efforts of the Lowes’ employees, who collectively raised over $13,000. The contributions will help local children attend summer camp in June. This group is always one of our top contributors, but this year they worked extra hard and exceeded their own goals,” said MDA Fundraising Coordinator Sara Jones.

Employees were presented with cakes by MDA and also won tee shirts and a cookout to be held later by District Manager Joshua Robinson and Store Manager Angie Cline.

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

To find out more about MDA or the Shamrocks program, call (800) 572-1717, or visit www.mda.org.

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