NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Northampton shoppers had an extra reason for coming downtown Saturday.
Many of the shoppers at Thornes Marketplace in downtown Northampton had planned to shop there anyway, but this Saturday they had an additional incentive.
Thirty stores teamed up with the United Way. Those stores shared five percent of their proceeds to support United Way programs.
"Last year we raised in the area of $8,000. We expect to be well over the $10,000 dollar mark this year. But everybody is getting the word out about the work we're doing,” said James Ayres, the Executive Director of the United Way of Hampshire County.
Apparently that's exactly what happened. The word got out to many shoppers, who made a point of visiting some of the 30 stores that would turn part of their sales into a gift to the United Way.
“We come down on Saturday morning errands, we live in Northampton, but especially today because of the united celebration and we'd like to support the United Way,” said Gwen Agna of Northampton.
“I live in Northampton and I'm a big supporter of the United Way and so it's just a great opportunity to shop when I usually do and now I help out the united way it's a great organization,” said Joel Morse of Northampton.
It was a good day for shoppers, for the downtown Northampton stores where they did their shopping and for the United Way that helps the people of Hampshire County.