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For the second year in a row, the Chamber was the neighborhood champion for Shop Small Business Saturday, the Saturday after Black Friday. Small Business Saturday is the day to celebrate the Shop Small movement to drive shoppers to local businesses, an initiative driven by American Express. The Chamber delivered signage to local retailers and distributed 50 $25 American Express gift certificates to encourage our members to SHOP SMALL!
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Michelle Scott-Foster from Michaux’s Artisan Boutique was the recipient of $50 worth of American Express gift cards. “Being it was near the holidays, I pondered how to spend
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JULY 7–11 the gift cards with a friend. I wanted to do something more than just support a local business, so I decided to think of a way to also give back to my community to show a double fold purpose of the gift cards, shared Michelle. “I went to a local small business and used the cards to purchase several skeins of yarn which were on sale for a total $50.00. I decided to crochet handmade scarves to give out to anyone who was less fortunate, homeless or was receiving treatment for an illness such as chemo, dialysis, or heart condition. It really didn’t matter what their illness was, or their hardship is, they would be free to select one so that they would be kept warm by a scarf that was created with love and care. I named this project Operation Warmth.”
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Michelle reported that with $50.00 worth of yarn, she was able to make 25 handmade scarves. Check out the photos of some of the scarves that she was able to give away for free during her Operation Warmth.
Published on Apr 21, 2014