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Tami Hendrix, owner of Meg's Gifts LLC, is hoping that while consumers are out looking for savings during the tax-free weekend, they'll also continue to think of others who are in need.

Specifically, she's hoping people think of those who utilize the Open Door Shelter, a nonprofit organization that is near and dear to her heart.

And that's why she's inviting the community to her shop on Saturday, Aug. 8. While Hendrix will be open for business for a Back to School Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., she is inviting the public to her shop that day to participate in Meg's Community Garden, a campaign she began in July to help feed the community.

The campaign, Hendrix says, is an opportunity for the community to donate fresh garden produce; all donations are delivered daily to the Open Door Shelter. Guests who bring in a donation of produce on Saturday – canned or fresh – will receive a free grocery tote.

"Since we are having a sale to kick off the back-to-school season, it made sense to include Meg's Community Garden in an effort to raise awareness of how simple acts of kindness can make a big difference during tough economic times," Hendrix says. "We want to reach out to the community by asking them to look in their own gardens and pantries for any extra vegetables to help those who are hungry."

Hendrix says the community has already offered a great deal of support to her effort since the campaign began last month.

"The community has responded to the program already by dropping off all kinds of vegetables - boxes of tomatoes, green peppers, dozens of ears of corn, zucchini, canned vegetables and more," Hendrix says. "We have been so pleased with the generosity of everyone. People bring bags of produce with smiles on their faces, then leave with even bigger smiles."

Hendrix adds that The Open Door Shelter can use the donations immediately - whether the produce is in daily meals or giving it to those in need.

"They have gratefully accepted any and all assistance that has been offered," Hendrix says. "The free grocery tote is simply our way of thanking everyone for their help... We are a family community – not strangers – and together we can make a difference."

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