By Peninsula Daily News staff
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PORT ANGELES — Jim's Pharmacy has presented $908.04 to the Peninsula Daily News' “hand up, not a handout” Peninsula Home Fund.
The Home Fund was Jim's “Shop with Loyalty and Shop Locally” charity for December.
Each month, Jim's donates a portion of its profits from over-the-counter sales, plus donations from customers and employees, to a local nonprofit organization.
Contest, donation jars
“We had donation jars at each register and brought in used books to sell to customers,” said Linda Cameron, Jim's customer service manager.
“The employees set up an extra casual day where they made a donation to dress in their ugliest Christmas sweaters to participate in our store contest.
“We also contributed a portion of our Kiwanis canned nuts sales to the collection.
“This is our way of saying thank you, and we recognize the effort it takes your organization and staff to provide what you do for those in need in our community.”
The pharmacy is raising funds this month for Clallam County Project Homeless Connect, an annual countywide event that offers on-site services and builds community connections with those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Jim's Pharmacy is located at 424 E. Second St. (behind the Port Angeles post office); 360-452-4200.
The $908.04 check was presented Wednesday to Home Fund caseworkers at the offices of OlyCAP — Olympic Community Action Programs — in Port Angeles.
OlyCAP, the No. 1 emergency-services agency for Jefferson and Clallam counties, manages the fund for the PDN, screens the applicants — and provides life-changing services to those who need a “hand up, not a handout.”
A record-setting $268,389 was contributed to the Home Fund in 2013, most of it raised during the annual campaign drive between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve.
Every penny goes to OlyCAP to help the most vulnerable members of our community, from infants to families to seniors.
Over the past 25 years, the Home Fund has distributed $2.4 million to help those in need on the North Olympic Peninsula.
Fund never closes
The books on the 2013 drive are now closed.
But the Peninsula Home Fund itself never closes.
Donations of any amount are always welcome.
They can be sent at any time to Peninsula Home Fund, Peninsula Daily News, P.O. Box 1330, Port Angeles, WA 98362. (Please include a 2014 donation coupon, second photo posted at right.)
To donate online by credit card, visit https://secure.peninsuladailynews.com/homefund.
All Peninsula Home Fund contributions are fully IRS tax-deductible.
New contributions, including Jim's Pharmacy's $908.04, will go toward the 2014 campaign.
Contributions totaling more than $18,000 collected last year before Thanksgiving gave the Home Fund a running start on the 2013 drive.