November’s WinterFest Food Drive brought in 800 pounds of food and supplies and more than $630 in cash, according to Magnolia Chamber of Commerce member Patti Howell, who owns PJ’s Paws and Claws. There are still merchants collecting funds through Christmas.
Of the 18 merchants participating, PJ’s collected the most food at 120 pounds. Szmania’s collected nearly half of the proceeds at $308.
“This was the first WinterFest ever, so we’re getting a pretty good response from the community,” Howell said. “We want to make it an annual event.” And maybe even more. Howell mentioned a tentative plan for a SpringFest in April. Details on that are to come. The chamber meets again on Jan. 9.