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$7,500 start to local company’s Christmas giving

The Christmas season may be darkened by this year’s economic malaise but there are still businesses seeking to brighten it up for many local charities.

Furniture Plus recently presented checks totaling$7,500 to local charities and promises that there is more to come as a part of it’s”Believe”2010 campaign.

“The Bahamas community has proven to be a generous one,”said Krystynia Lee d’Arville, Vice President of Marketing for Furniture Plus.”They have touched so many of our local charities by showing them that they are not forgotten and that we still care. Those who participated in this promotion should feel a great sense of pride.”

The local charities to benefit from the campaign were selected by prize-winning customers of Furniture Plus through September of this year. The beneficiaries for March through September are the Grand Bahama Heart Association, Grand Bahama Cancer Association, Grand Bahama Children’s Home, and in Nassau, the Ranfurly Home for Children, The Cancer Society, and the Children’s Emergency Hostel, according to a release from the company.

“Our employees and customers did an amazing job selecting charities for each island,”said Troy T. d’Arville, President and CEO for The Plus Group of Companies.”For example, the moneys received will aid the Ranfurly Home for Children in providing education for children housed at the home. The Cancer Society will use their donation to provide education and awareness to the Family Islands on breast and colon cancer screening. It’s so important to remember these important organizations.”

The”Believe”2010 campaign aimed to make an impact in the community by rewarding customer loyalty for shopping in The Bahamas and giving back to those in need through its Charity of Hope Foundation, according to the company. Furniture Plus stores in Nassau, Grand Bahama and Abaco have given away more than$40,000 in prizes to customers this year as a part of the program.

The charitable effort continues, as Furniture Plus pledges to match the proceeds of its Angels of Hope Christmas tree tags and Bahamian-made Candles of Hope. The tags are a minimum donation of$1 and the candles have a minimum donation of$10. The proceeds will benefit the Ranfurly Home for Children in Nassau, Grand Bahama Children’s Home, and Every Child Counts School in Abaco. Customer prize winners can also designate funds to their favorite charities through Christmas.

“I love seeing our Christmas trees filled with angels each year, because each tag means that another Bahamian cared enough to give,”said Lee d’Arville.”But even if you have no money to donate, you can help these charities by simply becoming a fan of Furniture Plus on Facebook. For each new fan Furniture Plus receives through Christmas, Furniture Plus will donate$1 to children’s charities on all three islands. It’s so easy, anyone can do it”

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