Businesses and charities partner during downtown holiday event

It might be better to give than to receive, but shoppers were able to do both Dec. 11 during a special Holiday Giving promotion held by participating downtown Hood River businesses. Many shops partnered with local charities and service organizations to raise funds during this particular time of need.

Businesses collected everything from money to merchandise to benefit the charity of their choice, and many made monetary donations of their own.

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FISH Food Bank was chosen by at least two businesses, with funds and goods collected to fill empty shelves. Hood River Jewelers matched dollar for dollar on batteries sold throughout the day — an item chosen because of its high volume of sales, explained owners Chris and Julie Strader. Twiggs also chose FISH, donating 20 percent of its earnings from 5-8 p.m., and giving customers a 10 percent discount on purchases if they brought in a bag of food.

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Hood River Hobbies partnered with May Street Elementary. It offered a 10 percent discount on toy sets and trains when customers either made a donation to the school’s music program or purchased a pound of Pacific Rim Coffee, which students are selling in an effort to buy iPad Minis.

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Meals on Wheels was Doug’s Sports charity of choice. Customers who helped fill the donation can at the counter received 20 percent off their purchases, and the store also donated 10 percent of its proceeds from sales between 5-8 p.m.

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Hood River Stationers gave 10 percent of its daily proceeds to the Hood River Warming Shelter.

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Foundation 45 had a different spin to help raise funds for Helping Hands Against Violence: Those who gave $10, $15 or $20 received a correlating discount at the cash register.

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New Parent Services and Waucoma Bookstore joined forces in an effort to bolster the organization’s collection of board books. Customers who purchased books for New Parent Services were put into a special drawing to win a book of their own.

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