The Pearl River Chamber of Commerce introduced the Cash on the Town gift certificates with the idea of encouraging people to shop locally.
The impact of Hurricane Sandy inspired the Chamber to use the Cash on the Town program to help people give back to the community as they do their holiday shopping.
Starting Nov. 19 and running through Dec. 31, 2012, the Pearl River Chamber of Commerce is donating 20% of sales of Cash on the Town gift certificates to People to People, the largest food pantry in Rockland County.
"We are thrilled to be able to use this program as a vehicle for helping those less fortunate in our area," said Pearl River Chamber of Commerce President Kevin Hardy, owner of KLS Transportation. "This program is a win/win for the merchants, the residents, and those who really need help especially in light of Hurricane Sandy."
The donations will not change the face value of the gift certificates, which are available in $10, $15 or $25 denominations.
Businesses that accept the certificates display Cash on the Town stickers in their windows. The full list is available on the Pearl River Chamber of Commerce website at www.pearlriverny.org. Certificates can also be purchased through the site, but with a shipping and handling fee of $4.95.
Cash on the Town certificates are sold at at the following Pearl River locations with no added fee:
- The Wireless Zone, 89 N. Middletown Road
- Dance Central Performing Arts, 46 E. Central Ave.
- The Karma Vault, 14 E. Central Ave.
- Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty, 19 E. Central Ave.
- Ben's Jewelers, 40 E. Central Ave.
- Mel's Army Navy Center, 25 S. Williams Street.