By Monroe Roark
Grocery shoppers this week
have an easy way to give to a well-known Henry County charity.
The county’s five Kroger
stores – on Fairview Road in Ellenwood, on Hwy. 138 in Stockbridge,
on Hudson Bridge and Flippen roads, on Jonesboro Road in McDonough,
and on East Lake Parkway at Hwy. 155 – are participating in their
annual “Round-up” promotion to benefit A Friend’s House, a shelter
for children in crisis.
Jim Pusateri, manager of the
Hudson Bridge Kroger, presents a check to Nan Jenkins of A
Friend’s House representing the amount of money raised
during last year’s Round-Up.
Young people who stay at
A Friend’s House are in the custody of the Department of Family
and Children Services or the Juvenile Court system. More than
1,800 children have been guests at the facility since it opened
From now through March 8, when
you check out at Kroger, your cashier will ask if you want to “round
up” your purchase to the next whole dollar. All excess funds
collected this way will go toward A Friend’s House. The goal is
$2,000 per store, or $10,000 total.
Kroger has actually been a
supporter of A Friend’s House for about 17 years, dating back to
when the facility was still in its planning stages.
“They have been very
successful over the years,” said AFH development director Nan
Jenkins of the grocery chain and its promotion, which has raised
more than $250,000 since it began.
After hitting a lull for a
few years, the Round-up came close to the $10,000 goal in 2013 and
looks to be back on track, Jenkins said.
The effort is spearheaded by
Jim Pusateri, manager of the Hudson Bridge Kroger. Working at all of
the local Kroger stores over the years, he has played a major role
in the participation level and total success of the program,
according to Jenkins.
Keeping employees involved
and enthusiastic is also key to the program’s success. One way this
is done is by deploying secret shoppers, who are placed throughout
the community to visit all five Kroger stores. When a secret shopper
is asked by a cashier if he or she wishes to “round up” a purchase,
that cashier is rewarded with a gift card. “We do it a couple of
times at each store to keep the cashiers motivated,” said Jenkins.
Fundraising season for A
Friend’s House is in full swing. A dinner gala, “All You Need Is
Love,” took place in December and the Feb. 8 Love Run road race on
Henry Parkway raised about $5,000. The organization’s biggest
fundraiser, Taste of Henry, is just around the corner in April and
preparations are already underway.
For more information on A Friend’s House, visit