Local Business Owners Find Creative Ways to Support Lewes Library Campaign

Local Business Owners Find Creative Ways to Support Lewes Library Campaign

Wayne Cannon from WGMD interviews Kids’ Ketch owner Teresa Ford.
Wayne Cannon from WGMD interviews Kids’ Ketch owner Teresa Ford.

When it comes to helping a community campaign, every dollar counts. And that’s the philosophy that Teresa Ford embraced when she set out to find a way for her Second Street toy store to contribute to the $10.9 million Lewes Public Library Campaign.

During Neighborhood Toy Store Day on November 8 at Kids’ Ketch in Lewes, Ford donated a percentage of her earnings to the library campaign.

“It seemed like the perfect opportunity to support community-minded fun,” she said.

Families enjoyed games and fun with a local clown while WGMD broadcasted from the store. Almost $600 was donated to the library from sales of that single day.

Her efforts showcase what other regional business owners can do to help raise funds for the new library. More than $900,000 is still needed to complete the capital campaign, much of which must come from local residents and businesses.

Some other ideas that local business owners are considering:

  • Matched Giving: Business can match donations that their employees and/or customers give for the library during a specific day or event.
  • Seasonal Restaurant Discounts: Restaurant owners can dedicate a portion of the proceeds for a day to the library.
  • Gift Shop Traffic: Shop owners can place the names of customers who make a pre-determined donation to the Library into a drawing for a larger gift from their store.
  • Sponsorships: Stores can serve as sponsors at upcoming Library fund raisers.

Local businesses that support the Library will receive decals for their windows and free listings in upcoming advertisements and publications.