2-for-1 to help kids in need

Columbus IGA launches 2-for-1 back to school supplies campaign
Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, August 1, 2019
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            The contents of a school supply “Grab Bag.”

Columbus IGA is teaming up with shoppers to help local families with school supplies.

Starting this Friday, Aug. 2, the “Buy 1 + Donate 1 – Back-To-School Grab Bag Special” will begin. The program involves purchasing pre-filled bags of Columbus Elementary School student supplies. When one bag of supplies is purchased, IGA will donate a second bag of supplies, that will go to Project Hope. All the donated bags will sit in a pickup bed at Beartooth Ford in Columbus until the program ends on Aug. 9.

Project Hope will distribute the supplies throughout the entire county.

“The ‘Grab Bags’ will be labeled by grade and teacher, so all busy parents will have to do is ‘grab and go’ and then they’re just about done school shopping,” said Jessica Burch, marketing director for Montana Family Pharmacies, who also assists with projects at Columbus IGA. “Some items, like P.E. shoes, aren’t included, and are noted on the label so they’ll know exactly what to get elsewhere.”

For those who don’t have a school-aged child but would like to participate, a $30 donation can be made, which will cover two bags.

“We’re hoping we can donate 100 bags worth of supplies in this initial year and are excited to see the kindness in our community through this effort,” said Burch.

If the program is successful this year, Burch said IGA will do its best to expand to other grades and other in-county school districts next year.

The bags will be located in a display area near the front of the store. If interested shoppers don’t see any bags, ask a cashier.

The idea came from Columbus IGA co-owner Mike Matovich, who has wanted to embark on such an endeavor for years, said Burch. With the help of Burch, Becky Matovich (Mike’s wife) and IGA manager Denise Caton, the idea came to fruition for this school year.