Salvation Army, Sav-A-Lot team up

ALPENA – Starting Sunday, Sav-A-Lot shoppers will have the opportunity to see their names go up on a store wall every time they buy a brightly colored sheet of paper that announces they donated to the Salvation Army.

The donations in $1, $5 and $10 increments will go toward filling hundreds of boxes with food for more than 300 Alpena County families at Christmas time.

“People buy a sheet, sign their name to it and the sheets are posted on a store wall,” Salvation Army Maj. Craig Stoker said.

The store at 245 E. Chisholm St. then collects the cash donations from customers, and credits the money to the Salvation Army when its volunteers arrive to buy discount food for the boxes, Stoker said.

Families sign up for the boxes in advance, which will be delivered Dec. 19, Stoker said.

Although Sav-A-Lot officials had to cancel the 2012 fundraiser due to a fire, the 2011 fundraiser brought in $700. The Salvation Army provided an additional $5,500 in funds for food purchases in 2011, and $5,700 in 2012, helping more than 940 people both years, said Maj. Joan Stoker.

The couple credited Store Manager John Grochowski, who came up with the idea in 2009.

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