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MainStreet raises more thousands for relief efforts

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Members of MainStreet Roswell have raised more than $3,000 for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Executive Director Kathy Lay said that donations from people visiting stores and businesses and the matching donations by business owners and managers resulted in $3,487.72 being raised last week and this week.
Business and store owners began collecting donations to forward to the American Red Cross on Sept. 1 during the First Friday event. The donation drive was due to end Tuesday but final tallies were done Friday.

Lay said that donations ranged from coins tossed in jars at stores to generous checks by individuals to large matching donations by MainStreet businesses.
MainStreet Roswell, an affiliate of the New Mexico Main Street Program, works to preserve and enhance the historic downtown area and to promote business and economic development. First Fridays occur each month as a way to attract visitors and shoppers to the downtown area.