Local merchants donate to charity

"Our businesses are doing ok now. A lot of people in the community aren't doing so well and are hungry and needy and so businesses have chosen charities to support," said merchant, Julianne Saltzer.

Business owners are selecting charities that have special meaning and designing a donation program.

Some will be collecting food and donating grocery gift cards to needy organizations. While, others will be donating a portion of this month and next month's sales.

Debra Egert, owner of On A Mission, will be collecting food and donating grocery gift cards to the Jocelyn Senior Center.

Tattle Tails children's boutique has two different ways for customers to support Inland Valley Hope Partners.

Stepping Stones, a day program for at-risk youth run by Claremont native Darrin Erb, will benefit from sales at Bath Junkie.

The following Claremont merchants have committed to "pay it Forward" to local charities: Amalie, Amor Femina, Aromatique, Barbara Cheatley, The Bath Junkie, Bert & Rocky's, Carkle Sudie, The Chama, Claremont Village, Treasures, Cloud Nine, The Diamond Center, Espiritu, The Folk Music Center, The Foundation, Isabella Dee, The Little Dress shop, On A Mission, Sonja Stump Photography, Spa Boutique, Stamp your Heart Out, Studio Claremont, Tattle Tails, Three French Hens, Too Blonde, and Wine Styles.

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