Fundraiser helps children’s hospital
Published 10:10 pm Monday, April 17, 2017
Suffolk residents enjoyed a beautiful Saturday with food, music and shopping at a North Suffolk pharmacy in support of children.
The Rite Aid located at the intersection of College Drive and Hampton Roads Parkway held the fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. Customers enjoyed food and beverages with music at a “yard sale” of donated items.
“It’s going to kids that need certain surgeries and medicine,” store manager Candice Deloatch said.
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Deloatch was at the grill, serving cheeseburgers with chips and drinks donated by Pepsi, UTZ and Herr’s vendors. She has been with Rite Aid for 10 years and used to organize CHKD fundraisers at her former store in Norfolk.
Her fiancé, Abdullah Muhammad, was supervising tables of donated clothes, toys, jewelry and other items. Customers donated items at the store, which were put up for sale for less than $5 each.
“We want it to be affordable,” Muhammad said.
He is a plumbing and electrical contractor that enjoys volunteering as much as Deloatch does.
“My fiancée said we should do something for the kids,” he said. “I always want to do it for the children.”
Rite Aid employees at the sale volunteered their own time to help. Some were motivated by family, including cashier Daisy Williams, whose brother has been treated by CHKD.
She was impressed by the items customers donated for the sale.
“I didn’t think we were going to get this much,” she said.
Raffle tickets were sold for a television prize, along with gift baskets of snacks, drinks and gift cards.
Suffolk resident Muriel Council liked the selection of jewelry and appreciated the support for CHKD.
“I think it’s a great event,” she said.
Her niece and nephew were treated at CHKD in Norfolk, she said.
“I’m just here to support,” she said.
Deloatch said this was the first fundraiser for CHKD held at the store since it first opened in April 2016. The store will continue accepting donations, and the staff are already considering plans for future events.
Employee Sade Elliott, for instance, would like to see a spring CHKD parade with a superhero theme.
“All the kids come out in superhero costumes,” she said. “Everyone wearing costumes. I think that sounds great.”