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Galax merchants helping charities

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Holiday giving is easy when you shop locally

By Shannon Watkins

Want to shop local this holiday season and give locally, too?

Prefer to support shops and services who help your favorite organizations?

Here’s a list of businesses in Galax who have made donations to, or offer customers a chance to give to, area charities while they search for that perfect gift:

Bogey’s Restaurant is collecting for Hope House, the Galax Fire Department’s Community Christmas Food Fund, local Angel Trees and private requests.

At Twin County Chamber of Commerce member businesses, 50 percent of their membership dues are given back to various organizations and schools throughout the region.

Chestnut Creek School of the Arts will host an Angel Tree in the lobby and donate a basket of art from their Holiday Market artists to the Community Christmas Food Fund auction.

CCSA is also hosting a Holiday Artists Market in the main lobby until New Year’s Eve. The market will feature the handmade work of over 30 local artists and include jewelry, baskets, gourds, pottery, paintings and drawings, knitted and crocheted items, photos, greeting cards, hand-made journals, fabric and quilted items, lampshades, scarves, woven items, braided rugs, ornaments, photos, art supplies and gift certificates good for classes or items from the Dixon Art Vault. Every Saturday there will be artists demonstrating their work. Holiday hours are Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Chapters Bookshop is participating in Back Pack Buddies; they ask that interested customers bring donations of ready-to-eat food (canned food, peanut butter, fruit cups, etc.) to be sent to the Back Pack Buddies program, which provides food each week for students in local school systems.

On Dec. 6, they will participate in “Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day” by giving a 10 percent discount to anyone who brings a donation for Back Pack Buddies (on that day only).

Corinthian Salon is taking food donations for God’s Storehouse and Community Kitchen.

Edward Jones is accepting donations for Toys for Tots.

Magic Mart will host a large, live auction fundraiser of donated large items for the Community Christmas Food Fund on Dec. 7 from 2-4:30 p.m.

The goal is to raise $30,000 to purchase two food boxes each for 550 needy families in the area just before Christmas. The main source of funds is individual and business giving. No fire department funds are used toward this goal.

The department will also be selling Christmas trees.

Grayson Carroll Wythe Mutual has made donations amounting to more than $2,500 to community organizations including: Grayson County Social Services Elderly/Disabled Christmas Program, Grayson County Angel Tree, Presbyterian Children’s Home, Carroll Christmas Fund, Galax Social Services Angel Tree, Galax Y’s Men’s Christmas Chest, Bland Ministry Center, The Food Pantry, Galax Elk’s Lodge Children’s’ Christmas Party and God’s Storehouse and Community Kitchen.

Pronets is collecting items for the First United Methodist Church’s Kid Junction Ministry, which assists families with children who are in need of clothing, hygiene items, diapers and school supplies.

Any donations can be dropped by their office at 307 N. Meadow St., Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Rooftop Of Virginia is taking donations for its Christmas Toy Shop.

Donation box locations are Roses, Johnson Automotive, Grant’s Supermarket, Willow Star, Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, Twin County Cinema III, Tech 109, Williams Physical Therapy, Applebee’s, Carroll County Wellness Center and Rooftop of Virginia’s Craft Shop.

Scoots Restaurant is collecting for Hope House, Willing Partners, local schools, Community Christmas Food Fund, Angel Trees, local food banks, various churches and private requests.

Tuck Chiropractic is taking Angel Tree donations for two local children.