When a call for help goes out, the businesses in the Gridley area always seem to step up. With so many active clubs and organizations, the schools and other groups holding various fund raisers throughout the year, the local businesses are always good about donating items for a silent auction, a raffle, food for an event or cash.

When a call for help goes out, the businesses in the Gridley area always seem to step up. With so many active clubs and organizations, the schools and other groups holding various fund raisers throughout the year, the local businesses are always good about donating items for a silent auction, a raffle, food for an event or cash.

The amount of support shown by local businesses for the hospital foundation’s Pink Passion For Digital Mammography campaign is no exception. Most visible may be the support of the “Wall of Hope” at Ace Hardware on Highway 99 and for every $5, another bra is added. With owner Peggy Harshbarger’s family history, it is not surprising that this is a special cause very close to her heart. More  bras are actually needed, as so many monetary donations have come by mail without them.

Other merchants such as Stephanie at Brooke’s Armoire, are helping in an almost silent way, with not many realizing that she has chosen to donate 10 percent of her profits in the month of June to the Pink Passion campaign.

Black Bear Diner, always a big supporter for Breast Cancer Awareness, has two pink blankets being raffled off next month, with the money raised going to the cause and while visiting, you can usually see the employees in their pink shirts, bearing the “Pink Passion” logo, much like their float that won first place during the Red Suspenders Day parade last month.

La Trisha De Witt of Family T-Shirt Factory is donating $5 from each Pink Passion t-shirt sold.
The following businesses have graciously placed Pink Passion donation jars in the locations: Brooke’s Armoire, Children’s Hope Foster Family Agency, Gold Country Bank, The Gridley Herald, Potpourri Basket, Family T-Shirt Factory, Cottage Mercantile, Curves, Spin & Sport, ACE Hardware, Bank of America, June’s Hair Establishment, Ruby Q’s, The Wishing Corner, Round Table Pizza, Black Bear, Hospital Auxiliary desk, Gridley Ice Burgie, Starbucks, Carla’s Cookies, Casa Lupe and Gridley City Hall.
Individuals, such as Emily Morgan who donated $100 of her proceeds of selling her rabbit at the Silver Dollar Fair are very much appreciated. Kathy Adams and Carole McClendon graciously donated quilts to be used for raffle items.

Of course photos have appeared in The Gridley Herald of the service organizations and the donations they have made and the list is endless of the support shown by individuals, businesses and service organizations for the fund raising Mystery Dinner Theatre that was held in May.

Les Schwab Tire employees will be wearing Les Schwab work shirts during the month of July that have been dyed pink and their parking lot will be one of the locations for the Pink Lemonade Stands being held on July 16 on Highway 99.

Gridley Country Ford is taking donations for the Pink Passion campaign and giving out pink ribbon chocolate suckers to everyone who donates along with tiny paper purses, holding Hershey’s Chocolates made by Gridley resident Bev Owen.

It isn’t just businesses and service organizations that are supporting - it’s the many students at Sycamore and Gridley High who have collected pennies to donate, and the Manzanita 4-H students who held a lemonade stand at Farmers Market.The Women of the Moose started their support by donating the proceeds of an Italian Dinner and are now donating the proceeds of their Tuesday night bake sale through this month.

The support and donations of Gridley Lions Club, FOCUS, Quota Club of Gridley, Kiwanis Club of Gridley, Knights of Columbus, The Gridley Rotary Club, Gridley Womans Club, the Hospital Auxiliary and West Gridley 4-H must all be mentioned.

The members of the Rotary Club wear pink shirts the second Thursday of each month or will be fined $20 each, something they don’t mind, because it is for a good cause.

So whether you are able to write a check, give dollar bills or pennies at the donation boxes, your help is very much appreciated in this special cause.