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Food Lion’s yard sale for charity

By Staff | Sep 8, 2012

Shepherdstown Food Lion will host a community yard sale this Saturday, Sept. 5 to raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network. According to Dottie Cooper, customer service manger at Food Lion, the

local grocery store will hold a yard sale for the second time this weekend, following its warm reception from the public last May.

“It was really big success then,” she said.

Cooper said the event is part of the chain’s tradition of charitable efforts.

The Shepherdstown Food Lion raised $5,430 total from May to June of 2011 with its community yard sale and the donations given at check out by Food Lion shoppers.

The goal for this year, according to Cooper, is even bigger.

“For the year, we have a goal of $10,000,” she said.

According to Cooper, who has worked for Food Lion for the past 13 years, the chain retailer has a long history of giving back and have worked with Children’s Miracle Network for many years, every year.

“The whole Food Lion chain does that,” she said.

In addition to the Children’s Miracle Network Fundraiser, the local Food Lion participates in the “Hunger has a Cure” charity each year.

The money raised from the Children’s Miracle Network fundraiser will go to a local children’s hospital in Silver Spring, Md.

Cooper said Food Lion staffers chose to do the yard sale again because it promotes participation by everyone.

“It’s something that involves the whole community,” she said.

The yard sale will allow any community member the opportunity to buy a parking space and table in the Maddex Farm Shopping Center in front of the grocer and sell any and everything they’d like.

The Food Lion staff will also be selling items donated to the yard sale and will host a hot dog and hamburger barbeque, with proceeds going toward the charity.

As of Tuesday, ten spaces had been sold for the sale and Cooper seemed hopeful that the community would once again show its support.

“This community’s been very generous,” she said.

The Children’s Miracle Network’s mission is to raise as much funds as possible for Children’s Hospitals, and to keep funds raised in local communities.

The yard sale will be held Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tables are available at a cost of $15. Parking spaces are for sale at a cost of $10.