Everybody knows that sharing, caring and generosity are some of the “reasons for the season” and local small businesses are putting their profits where it counts by donating proceeds of a huge holiday shopping event at the Discovery Museum towards Discovery Museum scholarships for homeless and needy children.  On Friday, December 9th, the community is invited to visit the Discovery Museum from 5:30 to 7:30 and shop over a dozen home-based businesses and make a dent in their holiday shopping all while knowing their purchases support two child-focused agencies.  Partnering with the Good Samaritan Shelter, this event will allow the Discovery Museum to provide field trip scholarships to the Museum for kids in the Good Samaritan Afterschool Program AND for free admissions to the Museum for families living in the Good Samaritan Shelter or Transitional Housing Program.  Consultants and sales representatives from a diverse array of popular products, including Tupperware, Avon, Pampered Chef,  31 Gifts, Homemade Jams & Jellies, Arm Candy Purses, Baujke Kaufman Jewelry and more will showcase their products, sell great items and gift packages that night and take orders assured to be delivered in time for the December holidays.  Each vendor has agreed to donate at least 20% of their profits that night to the Discovery Museum/Good Samaritan scholarship program.  In addition to enjoying the displays of all these wonderful products, the Discovery Museum and Good Samaritan will offer complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres.

“The kids we serve love visiting the Discovery Museum and they get so much out of it.  If the community could help us raise scholarship money so we can send lots of kids, it would be such a meaningful way to help these very deserving kids enjoy all the benefits of the Museum.”  shares Sylvia Barnard, executive director of Good Samaritan Services.  Her thoughts are echoed by Kelly White O’Neill, the executive director of the Discovery Museum.  “I believe the time children and adults spend together at our Museum provides for incredibly enriching moments—for both the child and the adult.  Children receiving services from Good Sam will only improve their chances of success by having access to the same opportunities all kids do.”  Volunteering her efforts to recruit the generous vendors is Christie Alarcon who represents AVON products.  She is spending her time and resources to support this effort because she believes serving children is the best way to serve the community.  Kids are the most important and most vulnerable residents of our community, anything I can do to help them, I will,” says Alarcon.

This amazing holiday shopping extravaganza is open to the public and food and wine will be available while supplies last.  In addition to shopping, attendees can purchase raffle tickets for the chance to walk away with some great gifts that night.  For more information about Good Samaritan Services or the Discovery Museum visit their websites at www.goodsamshelter.net or www.smdiscoverymuseum.org or contact the Discovery Museum at 805-928-8414.