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Destination Carlisle raises nearly $17,000 for downtown businesses
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Destination Carlisle raises nearly $17,000 for downtown businesses

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Save Our Smalls Pomfret Street Books

Laura Erfle, owner of Pomfret Street Books, poses with the $300 worth of gift certificates purchased by Destination Carlisle as part of the "S.O.S: Save Our Smalls" program.

Market Cross Pub owner Ashleigh Corby talks about how purchases from the S.O.S: Save Our Smalls program helps her business.

Donations ranging from $5 to $600 have helped Destination Carlisle raise $16,923 to put back into downtown businesses through its “S.O.S: Save our Smalls” initiative.

Destination Carlisle president Stephanie Patterson Gilbert said the entire amount has been raised without corporate sponsors or donations.

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The program launched Dec. 28 with the goal of raising $20,000 that would give Destination Carlisle the funds to make $300 purchases of gift cards or products at 65 local businesses. The projects and gift cards are then donated to front-line workers or local charities.

Gilbert said the organization can help 56 small businesses with the funds raised so far. It has already made 42 purchases, which put $12,600 back into the local community.

In its effort to honor front-line workers, the organization has delivered:

  • 158 cookies and cupcakes to UPMC Pinnacle
  • 42 gift cards to Cumberland Goodwill EMTs
  • 140 gift cards to Cumberland Crossings Assisted Living
  • 200 gift cards to Sarah Todd Memorial Home
  • 158 gift cards to Thornwald Home
  • 75 boxes of chocolates to Manor-Care Rehabilitative Center
  • $600 in gift cards to Community Cares
  • 285 gift cards to Claremont Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

Destination Carlisle is continuing to accept donations to help it reach its goal. Donations can be made at https://destinationcarlisle.org/save-our-smalls and updates on the program are available at https://www.facebook.com/saveoursmalls.

Email Tammie at tgitt@cumberlink.com. Follow her on Twitter @TammieGitt.

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