Local businesses team up to help children in need

Published 8:15 pm Thursday, September 7, 2017

This weekend, two local businesses are joining forces to help provide shoes and clothes for children in need.

Shoe Sensation, located in the Elk Crossing Shopping Center, and Fletcher’s Homemade, located in the historic downtown, are teaming up to raise funds for a pair of service projects.

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“We’re raising money to buy shoes and close for children in need,” said Nancy Berry, a manager at Shoe Sensation who is helping to coordinate the fundraiser.

On Saturday, the two businesses will host a fundraiser at Fletcher’s Homemade, 510 E. Elk Avenue, from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. The store is located in the old Yates Remnant Shop location in the middle of downtown.

Berry and Lisa Fletcher, owner of Fletcher’s Homemade, will be inside the store with other volunteers selling hot dogs as well as other bake sale type items including homemade fried pies, cookies, and brownies.

In addition to selling items, the team will be accepting monetary donations to go toward the purchase of shoes and clothing for children in need. Berry said they will not be accepting donated items as they will need to purchase the items to fit the children as they are identified as needing assistance.

The businesses will split the money collected between two local service agencies which provide the shoes and clothes to the children — Project Change and Highlander Ministries. Brandon Young, the pastor at Harmony Baptist Church operates Highlander Ministries, which specifically serves children in need in the Roan Mountain community.

Those who make donations during the fundraiser on Saturday can register for a chance to win a variety of door prizes, including a gift card from Shoe Sensation.