The first “Shop Local! Give hope! “The program provided $ 500 each to the Mahoning Valley Second Harvest Food Bank and the Youngstown Salvation Army.
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YOUNGSTOWN – During the 2020 holiday season, Mahoning Matters launched a program called “Shop Local! Give Hope! ”To encourage readers to purchase gift cards from local businesses, with 2 percent of the proceeds donated to the Mahoning Valley Second Harvest Food Bank and the Youngstown Salvation Army.
TEMA Roofing Services implemented these donations.
Local companies that participated in the initiative were Brilliant Cleaning Services, Coaches Burger and Bar, West Side Bowl, Youngstown Clothing Co., Candywood Wine Cellars, Boardman Printing, Kravitz Delicatessen and Suzanne’s. With the help of TEMA Roofing Services, the first “Shop Local! Give hope! ”The program delivered $ 500 each to Second Harvest Food Bank and the Salvation Army.
TEMA has a philanthropic history with organizations such as the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, and Justin Froelich, vice president of sales, said his team was specifically interested in getting involved in “Shop Local! Give hope! “Because the initiative supported organizations through local company sales.
“That was one thing that impressed me, keeping the business on site, working with family businesses, startups and the like. Especially with the type of year we do [had] going on vacation, ”said Froelich, noting his family’s longstanding support for local businesses.
“I just thought it fits perfectly and is a perfect contribution for TEMA [to] Game, ”he added.
Salvation Army Major Paul Moore announced to Mahoning Matters that the donation went to the organization’s general fund. He added that during the COVID-19 pandemic, 65 to 75 percent of the funds raised were used to prove food to residents of the valley.
“That is currently the greatest need. So we buy a lot of food from the grocery bank and also from local suppliers, ”said Moore. “We give out free lunches and emergency food boxes. So we do this four times a week. That is currently the greatest need. “
Moore said the Salvation Army is grateful for everyone who participated in Shop Local! To give hope!
“We were very happy about the money. You are of great help this year especially with all COVID requirements and COVID issues, ”he said. “We were very honored and thrilled to be just a part of it and to know that there are some wonderful businesses and wonderful people in the valley who are graciously willing to support charities like the Salvation Army and us [Second Harvest Food Bank]. ”
Second crop officials also said they were grateful to Mahoning Matters for those who came to the “Shop Local! Give hope! ”Program.
For Froelich, this was the payout that TEMA had expected.
“Ultimately, I think that if you want to have a successful local business, it’s important to really contribute to the community that makes you a living,” he added.