Old Town Burleson raises money for nonprofit
The Old Town Burleson Association hosted its quarterly “Shop for a Cause Day” earlier this month and raised $842 to give to the nonprofit organization Support our Soldiers.
OTBA is made up of owners from local shops and businesses in Old Town. Drew Pennywell assistant to the city manager helps them with administrative and day-to-day duties.
Shop for a Cause is a program that OTBA put together a little over a year ago and conducts fundraisers on a quarterly basis. Once a beneficiary is selected, they typically host Shop for a Cause on the first Thursday of that month.
“Percentages of proceeds from all the participating locations then go back directly to the organization,” said Pennywell.
There are nine listed locations you can shop at to help contribute. For this holiday season, the OTBA picked “Support our Soldiers” a military support nonprofit organization based in Fort Worth. Started in July 2011, Support our Soldiers mission is to bring the community and military together by sending custom care packages to soldiers deployed overseas.
OTBA had picked this nonprofit previously in July, then put them back in the mix for December after communicating with Support our Soldiers.
Executive director Teresa Nelson reached out to OTBA and said Christmas is its biggest push for extra funds because it has the largest amount of packages to send. Support our Soldiers was chosen and on Dec. 7 the community had the day to give back.
“We try to as much as possible to help promote that charity along the way,” said Pennywell. “We’ll run ads and put up posters and put out flyers and we try to educate people as much as possible as [to] what they are.”
The funds from OTBA’s Shop for a Cause will be used to send 47 care packages overseas. “Sunbelt rentals contacted me and said they wanted to help give the remaining portion to make it 50,” said Pennywell.
“It’s kind of nice to be able to raise the money and do good around the holidays but then just by doing it, that ripple effect goes out and somebody says “well, we want to give a little more,” he continued.
Pennywell said OTBA and “Shop for a Cause” has helped to bring the community closer.
“I believe that what the Old Town Burleson Association is doing by collaborating is giving the entire district a louder voice to the community,” Pennywell said.
There is a selection and application process on their website for nonprofits to sign up. Interested nonprofits may apply at www.otba.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. https://www.sunbeltrentals.com/about/