Good Neighbors in the Valley Step Up to Help Local Charity in Need

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

Earlier this week we told you about a local charity that's in dire need of help to stick around.

You've answered that call, and in a big way.

Page One has seen a 42 percent increase of people in need this year, and it has been struggling to help those families.

Now, just a few days after a call for help, people with Page One are happy to see good neighbors stepping up to make a difference.

Sam McNeely is a volunteer at Page One in Luray. He helps the many families in need in the area, and he says he's not surprised that so many more people have been coming in this week to help out after they found out how much Page One is struggling right now.

"I came here 13 years ago and only intended on staying 6 months, but it's the people in this community that caused me to want to stay here," said McNeely.

Whenever someone buys something at Page One's thrift store, the money goes to people in need in the community. Manager Lois Shaffer says ever since our story aired on Monday, they've received 5,000 dollars in donations- the most money they've ever received in one week.

"I'd like to thank the community, we've had wonderful support, they've pulled together and God bless," said Shaffer.

Pam Flasch, the interim director at the county's Chamber of Commerce, says she's had so many people stepping up to give donations to Page One after our story aired.

"We actually wanted to do more for Page One at the Chamber but they were not a member of the Chamber of Commerce, so a private indiviual paid their membership," said Flasch.

She says local businesses like the Mimslyn Inn have organized fundraisers to help Page One now that others know how much they're struggling.

A couple local banks matched this week's donations, bringing them to 10,000 dollars this week.

Those good neighbors coming together to help out is something that volunteers like McNeely appreciate. He says that's what this community is all about.

"Anytime something needs to be done you can always count on the people to step up and do it. It's been that way ever since I've been here," said McNeely.

The fundraiser at the Mimslyn Inn will be held on December 12 and is open to the public. It's a tea luncheon and all proceeds will go to Page One.

If you'd like to help Page One, send your donations to 42 West Main Street in Luray, VA.


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