On Saturday, the former Blockbuster store in Abington was transformed into a Christmas shop that featured incredible deals to benefit the Jeffrey Coombs Memorial Foundation. And the shop will open again soon.
On Saturday, the former Blockbuster store in Abington was transformed into a Christmas shop that featured deals to benefit the Jeffrey Coombs Memorial Foundation. And the shop will open again soon.
With more than a dozen artificial, pre-lit Christmas trees left and an assortment of wreaths and decorations, the makeshift store will open again on Saturday, Nov. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
After two days of steady business, the sale raised more than $9,000 to help fund the annual military family gathering the foundation hosts for families of Massachusetts military members who are deployed over the holidays, and families of those injured or killed as a result of service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
About one-third of the proceeds will benefit Abington schools to help reduce the severe budget cuts, which have seriously affected the programs available to the students.
Thanks to a generous donation of artificial trees, garland, wreaths, ornaments and a large variety of decorations from GKI/Bethlehem Lighting of Taunton, and the space donation from Stop and Shop, the Jeff Coombs Memorial Foundation sold the holiday product at deep discounts.
“Besides the fact that we were making money for the Foundation, the best part of the fundraiser was watching everyone’s excitement over getting such great deals and helping them get into the Christmas spirit,” said Christie Coombs, widow of Jeff Coombs for whom the Foundation is named. “It was a lot of work to set up the fundraiser, but with help from friends, Foundation board members, volunteers from the Abington Boosters and students at the high school, we pulled it off and had so much fun in the process.
“We are grateful to GKI Lighting for the donation,” said Coombs. “The holiday gathering costs us about $12,000-$15,000 to host the families, so we rely on donations to help make it a memorable event without seriously reducing the annual budget the foundation has to provide grants to families. The retail price of the trees that have been donated to us range from $100 to more than $600. We’re selling them at a huge discount of up to 75 percent and more.”
Cash and checks will be accepted for payment. All product is first quality surplus from last year’s inventory, but all sales are final. For more information on the sale, to make a donation to the Foundation to help fund the Troops’ Party, or for information on the event, call Christie at 781/982-1608.
This year’s holiday party for military families will be held on Thursday, Dec. 17 at Christina’s in Foxboro. Previously held at Gillette Stadium, the Foundation hosted nearly 400 family members for dinner, Santa, gifts, games, crafts, special activities for children, teens and adults, and an opportunity to connect with other military families of deployed, fallen and injured service members from Massachusetts.
The third annual holiday gathering for military families will feature the same activities, as well as KISS 108’s DJ Dave, a visit from Wally the Green Monster and pro athletes. Families interested in attending should email email@example.com. Log onto www.jeffcoombsfund.org for more information.
The Jeffrey Coombs Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization in memory of the Abington father of three who was killed in the 2001 terrorist attacks. The Foundation assists families who have been affected by illness, death or other difficult circumstances that challenge them emotionally and/or financially, and assists military families with programs and financial help. It also provides scholarships to local students and mini-grants to the schools for enrichment programs, and supports area programs. Since November 2001, the Foundation has distributed more than $275,000.