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The Avenue Peachtree City raises $10,000 for students
The Avenue Peachtree City raises $10,000 for students

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- The Avenue Peachtree City is doing its part to help students in the community.

The shopping center and one of its stores, White House | Black Market, have raised both money and school supplies for CARE (Children at Risk in Education).

CARE is a program that provides scholarships and school supplies to Fayette County students in need. It is part of the Fayette County Public School System.

White House | Black Market solicited $5 donations from customers for school supplies. In exchange, shoppers received a discount on their purchases.

"Our customers are so wonderful and supportive. Many of them gave more than $5 just because they wanted to help us purchase as many school supplies for the students as possible," store manager Jacky Vaughan said in a statement.

The Avenue also raised money during its Movies in the Park program this summer. Movie watchers who donated to CARE were treated to popcorn; the shopping center raised almost $500 that way.

Over the past five years, through various initiatives, The Avenue and White House | Black Market have raised more than $10,600 for the program.

"We truly appreciate all of the support we get each year from The Avenue and their merchants," CARE coordinator Karen Spangler said in a statement. "Their donations have enabled us to meet the needs of many students whose families are having financial difficulties in this tough economy ... I'm grateful for this community's generosity."