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Clanton grocery store raises money for Children’s Hospital

Published 2:28pm Friday, September 20, 2013

In the span of 20 days, Associated Foods in Clanton has raised $1,400 for Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.

Store manager Chris Smitherman said store management of the four Associated Foods locations in Alabama asked the grocery stores to start raising funds by selling light-blue icons for $1 apiece.

“We started selling them to our customers and we now have the windows to our store pretty much covered,” Smitherman said.

Smitherman said the 12 cashiers started selling the icons to customers with three-four cashiers working at one time and have quickly sold out.

“Not only have the cashiers done a great job of selling them, but the customers have been really involved as well,” Smitherman said.

The icons have a logo of “Buy Alabama’s Best” which is designed to increase awareness of Alabama food products and increase sales of those products, as well as raise money for designated charities through partnering with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries and the Alabama Grocers Association.

Smitherman said Associated Foods sells a large amount of locally made products.

Although the store only has 100 blue icons available for purchase, Smitherman said the fundraiser will continue through Sept. 30 or until the icons are sold.

“I don’t know if we will end up making it until Sept. 30, but we hope people will come out and purchase the last 100 we have,” Smitherman said.

Associated Foods is located at 202 Seventh St. S. in Clanton.

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