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Local clothing store to hold Jumpstart fundraiser this weekend

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Dec 05, 2013 10:58 am

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Everyone visiting Mark’s clothing store on Dec. 7 for its customer appreciation event will be able to take advantage of holiday savings, plus proceeds from their purchases will be going towards a good cause.

The Airdrie location, at 202 Veterans Blvd. NE, will be donating $5 for every purchase of $75 or more to the local Canadian Tire Jumpstart Foundation.

The Jumpstart program, is run by Mark’s parent company Canadian Tire, and aims to help offset the costs for kids and their parents who want to take part in extra-curricular activities in their communities but can’t afford the costs.

“This is our big fundraiser when it comes to Jumpstart each year, and we are hoping to raise $5,000 to $6,000 from our location here in Airdrie,” said Mark’s Special Events Ambassador Damien Tiloshanec.

“All of the stores across Canada are having promotions to help their local Jumpstart foundations, and we are excited about doing that here.”

In addition to the $5 from each purchase of $75 or more, Mark’s will also be selling special Jumpstart baseballs, footballs, basketballs, and soccer balls. The store will also be selling gift boxes to raise funds.

“The customers can also make larger donations if they want at our tills, in addition to the other ways that we are fundraising,” Tiloshanec said.

“We will have extended hours on Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., so I’m sure that we will busy throughout the day.”

Though the staff members at Mark’s are currently preparing to deal with a long and busy work day, the fact they are helping to support Jumpstart is something they are very happy to be a part of.

“The activities vary that Jumpstart can help out with, whether it be hockey or dance,” Tiloshanec said.

“We have a lot of parents, grandparents, and teens on our staff who are involved or know someone who is involved in extra-curricular activities, and they know how important it is to help the youth stay active and involved.”


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