Third annual Spring for Sandpoint: Where local merchants and nonprofits join forces

By Reader Staff

Giving back in Sandpoint is as easy as finding the perfect new outfit or fabulous lamp for your home downtown. On Saturday, April 28, participating merchants will each team with a non-profit to bring you “Spring for Sandpoint.”  This day of specials, prizes and activities is a great way to share the wealth in this close-knit community.

Representatives of sponsored non-profits will be on hand to answer your questions, show you how they serve our area, and tell you about volunteer opportunities. Sharon’s Hallmark, teamed with Carousel of Smiles, will have one of the wooden carousel horses on display.

Participating retailers will donate part of the day’s proceeds to their sponsored non-profit. For example, at Great Stuff,100 percent of chocolate proceeds for the day will be donated to Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper. In addition to sales, drawings and in-store activities, Bella Terra Boutique will be showing off its new, expanded space where Pedro’s used to be.

Bring the kids to Northwest Handmade and Creations for hands-on, kid-friendly activities. A variety of product samplings and demonstrations, refreshments and prizes will be featured at different stores. Most activities will take place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., but in-store sales will be available throughout the day. Catch the free kids’ movie showing at the Panida sponsored by Kinderhaven.

Pick up a passport at any participating retailer. Visit stores and get your passport stamped, no purchase necessary. Stamped passports can be turned in for drawings for gift-certificates and other prizes.

Local nonprofit organizations and local merchants are central to the cycle of service and support that makes Sandpoint an outstanding community. There are more than 300 non-profit organizations in Bonner County. They fill the gaps to provide important human services, promote the arts, entertainment and recreation, and safeguard the quality of our beautiful environment. All of the donations raised during “Spring for Sandpoint” stay here in North Idaho.

Purchases made at local retail stores also support our community by providing jobs and creating a vibrant, attractive downtown. Join your neighbors and “Spring for Sandpoint” on Saturday, April 28.

For additional information check posters around town, online calendars, the Sandpoint Reader and retailers’ Facebook pages or the Sandpoint Shopping District Facebook page.

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