Story last updated at 7/1/2009 - 11:57 am
JUNEAU - Three years ago, Shelley Mae Bartlett and Debbie Stokes decided to do something to help the people of Juneau. In 2007, they were inspired to create coupon books that could bring the community together, calling the business Around Our Town.
"Around Our Town has created a coupon book that helps the local businesses in town, through advertising in our book, thereby bringing in customers which help to support their company," Stokes said. "The people who purchase the coupon books also get the benefit of saving loads of their hard earned money when shopping or going out to eat. In addition to all of this, Around Our Town gives a portion of the proceeds back into the community to help people in crisis each year. We have created a coupon books that comes full circle to help Juneau."
Added Bartlett: "We are working together for a promising future and teaching our young people about compassion for others, while learning a skill of selling and customer service.
"One of the recipients that we helped last year cried when I handed her a check to help her family through a medical crisis. She asked me why Around Our Town would do such a thing. I smiled and said, 'Because we can.'"
You can still purchase an Around Our Town Coupon Book by visiting Lacey at Capital Brew. These coupon books may also be used as fundraisers for groups. For more information, call Shelley Mae at 723-1440. The coupon books are available for $20 each, and there are only 1000 available.