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Grocery Outlet distributes funds from July fundraiser to Kids Club and Winter Shelter.

DESIREE BERGSTROM/MADRAS PIONEER - From left to right, Caren Smith, Kids Club operations manager, Rhonda Bourgo, Grocery Outlet owner, and Pat Abernathy, director of the Jefferson County Winter Shelter hold gift cards. Kids Club and the shelter were the recipients of funds from the store's annual Independence from Hunger fundraiser that happens every July.Jefferson County Kids Club and the Jefferson County winter shelter received gift cards from Madras Grocery Outlet on Thursday to purchase food and other supplies from the store, thanks to community members who shopped at the store in July.

Every Grocery Outlet store raises funds as a part of the chain's Independence from Hunger program. The Madras store was able to collect a total of $3,700, which went back into programs in Jefferson County.

Rhonda Bourgo, who along with her husband, Lambert, owns the store, presented Pat Abernathy and Caren Pilkington with gift cards for the amounts raised for their respective organizations.

Pilkington, operations manager for Kids Club, was given 10 cards worth $250 each, while Abernathy, the shelter director, received five cards at $230 apiece.

Both Abernathy and Pilkington expressed gratitude for all that Bourgo does for their organizations. Pilkington said that outside of fundraising this money, the store has consistently helped fill in gaps at Kids Club, providing food for kids at the club on nonschool days so no kids go hungry.

Abernathy echoed the appreciation, also mentioning that Bourgo always comes through when it matters. She said these gift cards from the money raised in July will help fill in gaps at the shelter this winter. They receive lots of food, but when they are doing brown bag lunches and other meals, sometimes there isn't enough of one item, and she needs to be able to fill those gaps.

Both organizations were grateful to Grocery Outlet for how much they help out in the community.


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