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Bethlehem businesses support STRIDE

Phillips said the project was a great step towards organizing local businesses toward a buy local vision.

"My first though is I'd call up [Spotlight publisher] John McIntyre," he said. "John was behind it 110 percent."

So was O'Donnell, who made a contribution of her own toward the STRIDE donation. Businesses were eager to jump on board, she said, and not just because it was for a good cause.

"They like the shop local theme. It was a win-win," she said.

Phillips said he hopes the endeavor blossoms into a regular event, where businesses in town can regularly showcase their appreciation to the community.

STRIDE serves over 1,300 kids, some of whom may travel to reach some of its unique programs like summer camps or skiing classes. Helping these programs (along with swimming, sailing, bicycling, bowling and other activities) are about 350 volunteers, which helps STRIDE accomplish a lot with a little money. Still, since many of the children the group serves need one-on-one or two-on-one supervision, volunteers are always needed.

For more information on STRIDE, how you can volunteer and the group's community events, visit www.stride.org.""

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