HAZARD — As part of their 22nd Annual Raceday, both Save-A-Lot stores in Hazard have delivered more than 4,000 pounds of food and household items to Bluegrass Care Navigators, formerly Hospice of the Bluegrass, since Feb 1.
On March 2, Save-A-Lot dropped off the food drive’s fourth load
Regional Manager Steve Stollings said the food drive began on Feb. 1 with both of his Save-A-Lot stores selling $5 food bags and also $5 non-food bags.
The food drive will last up until the annual Raceday on April 1.
Stollings said his team decided on Bluegrass Care Navigators because of the wonderful work they do in the community. He said several of his employees and customers have had family members in hospice care. Stollings said those employees and customers praised the compassion and love shown from Bluegrass Care Navigators to their patients.
“It takes a special person to work in hospice,” Stollings said.
Stollings said it was because of those reasons that made Bluegrass Care Navigators a good fit for this year’s food drive.
Monica Couch, Associate Vice President for Eastern Kentucky Operations at Bluegrass Care Navigators, said she felt blessed to live in such a giving community.
“It is so heartwarming to see this outpouring of community support for our patients with serious illness. We really appreciate the hard work that Save-A-Lot and its staff put into this campaign. We are so blessed to live in such a giving community,” said Couch.
This year’s annual Raceday will be held on April 1. The event will be in honor of Sherman Neace and Charlie Kilburn.
The event will raise money through its car show, auction, merchandise sales, and the motorcycle ride for Kaylee Campbell and Terry Boyd.
“Both of the families are struggling right now with health issues so the more money we can raise the better,” said Stollings.
Stollings said several of the local businesses in this area have stepped up and donated items for the auction; these stores include Lowes, Tractor Supply, Feltner’s Body Shop, and JT’s Gun and Pawn.
The items donated range from quilts to ammunition for firearms.
Last year the Raceday event raised $19,000 for Gunnar Hurt and Ricky Moore. Stollings hopes this year’s event can raise much more.
Stollings encourages everyone to like and share the Raceday’s event page on Facebook. The Facebook page is listed as 22nd Annual Save-A-Lot Raceday 2017.
The page gives out special prizes to those who like, comment, and share the page. Drawings are held regularly on Facebook live.
During its recent prize giveaway, Toni Sue Riley Green won a $25 gift certificate to any Save-A-Lot store.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald. He can be reached at 606-629-3245.