Coos Bay man who donated shopping spree winnings to charity spurs more giving

McKay's Market in Coos Bay is matching shopping spree winner Tom Bennett's charitable donations, which were made to the ARK Project and South Coast Family Harbor, April 12, 2017. (SBG photo)

COOS BAY, Ore. -- It's the story that keeps on giving. Two weeks ago Coos County Rotarian Tom Bennett won a shopping spree and gave a generous donation to two local charities.

Now the market that provided the spree is matching his donation.

Gary Dynge, the manager of McKay's Market in Coos Bay, met with Bennett Wednesday to go through the list of items needed to match his donations, which were made to the ARK Project and South Coast Family Harbor.

That list of items totaled more than $500.

"It was really great that Tom reached out of his pockets and donated back to the community,” said store manager Dynge. “Just the feeling of the giving; Tom was so generous that we decided we wanted to be a part of that."

"It reminds me of how generous, not only McKay's, but so many other merchants in our area,” said Bennett. “So many other organizations are doing the same thing, which is to try to make a difference and try to improve this community, and that's huge."

McKay's gave the ARK Project more food and hygiene products and donated South Coast Family Harbor pull-ups for the little ones.

"We're really fortunate at the ARK Project to have such a supportive community that believes in our mission,” said ARK Project manager Melinda Torres. “What we want to do is help youth and their families get basic needs met, just provide them with a meal to get them through our day."

"I am overwhelmed by the generosity by people in our community, and it's just so great to be part of a whole community effort to make a difference in the lives of people in Coos County," added South Coast Family Harbor executive director Leslie Mason.

The ARK Project serves youth and families from birth 22 years old and helps with basic needs such as clothing, hygiene products, bedding and referrals.

South Coast Family Harbor offers preventative service to eliminate child abuse in the community and aims to keep families together.

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