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Local businesses give gifts to nonprofits

A gaggle of animals found their way to Reischman Park Friday as MainStreet Roswell and local businesses mark the end of their “MainStreet Has a Heart” fundraising effort for February, although some merchants will continue to collect donations throughout the year. Hundreds of dollars were raised for nonprofit organizations including Runyan Ranch Rescue Zoo, the Roswell Humane Society and the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) courthouse dogs program. MainStreet Roswell Executive Director Kathy Lay, standing at left, and Mayor Dennis Kintigh, in back toward the right, were among those gathered for the donation ceremony. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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Fifteen charitable and nonprofit organizations in Roswell have received donations from 17 local businesses this year as part of the second annual MainStreet Has a Heart fundraising drive designed to coincide around the time of Valentine’s Day.

“We have definitely gone up in the number of businesses donating,” said MainStreet Roswell Executive Director Kathy Lay, “and some of them formed a partnership with their organizations so that they will be providing donations throughout the year.”

Many of the local businesses that are part of MainStreet Roswell began taking donations during the First Friday event Feb. 4 and continued through Valentine’s Day. Other merchants will collect money or donate a portion of their proceeds to their chosen organizations for the rest of the year.

Donors and beneficiaries included Ancient of Days, giving to the Roswell Refuge; Alien Zone, contributing to the Lindsey Callaway Memorial Toy Drive; Apple Blossom, giving to the From Forgotten to Forever animal rescue group; Barringer’s, donating to Harvest Ministries; Books Again, raising money for the Roswell Public Library; Bows and Britches for the Girl Scouts, Bullocks Jewelry for the Assurance Home; Casa Bella Boutique for the Starting Line; Dara’s Upholstery for the Roswell Humane Society; Finishing Touches for the Roswell Public Library children’s program; Once Again Consignment for the Roswell Homeless Coalition and the Chaves County CASA dogs program; Stardust Antiques, Art and Artifacts for local veterans’ services; Shoes to be Happy and the T-Shirt Factory for the Runyan Ranch Rescue Zoo; Stellar Coffee for the Roswell Homeless Coalition; Tascosa Office Machines for the Roswell Humane Society; the Gallery and Main Street Arts for the Roswell Fine Arts League; and Pioneer Bank for the Sarah Bradley Heart Transplant Fund.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.