Fresh Air Galaxy give $10,000 toward the Zahra Baker All Children’s Playground project

In April and May, Fresh Air Galaxy stores in Hickory, Long View and Maiden sold support cards for the Zahra Baker All Children's playground. The stores received $3,700 from its customers, and Galaxy Foods more than matched that amount by contributing $6,300 to make an even $10,000 donation.
Galaxy store owners Rick and Sheree Knighton and Steve Grindstaff embraced the project from the beginning.
"Zahra touched us, our employees and our customers," said Rick Knighton on behalf of his wife Sheree and Grindstaff. "We were happy to be part of the fundraising efforts toward the project and feel that the playground is the perfect way to honor a child who touched all of our hearts."
"We graciously thank Galaxy Foods for putting together this project that involved the grocery store staffs, its leaders and the entire community," said Western Catawba County Kiwanis Club President Steve Aaron. "It is heart-warming to know that people thought of Zahra and wanted to do something to honor her, which this makes the playground project even more special."
Members of the Zahra Baker All Children's Playground Project committee announced that almost half of the funds for the playground project has been pledged or are in hand. The budget for the playground is $100,000.
This week at the Greater Hickory Classic, "Birdies for Zahra" is taking place, in which people can pledge a donated amount for each birdie made by the golfers playing in the Classic.
The playground will be built in Kiwanis Park, at 805 6th Street, SE. The committee hopes to build the playground in the fall.

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