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Woman nabs $800 in products at Coos Bay store shopping spree, donates all to charity

Laura James of Coos County won a 3-minute shopping spree at the Coos Bay McKay's Market. She donated the $800 of food and product to a local charity, Nov. 15, 2017. (SBG)

COOS BAY, Ore. -- How many items could you grab at a grocery store in three minutes?

A Coos County woman found out after she took on the challenge at McKay's Market to give back to those in need.

Laura James had three minutes to grab whatever Western Family brand items she could to fill four shopping carts.

"A bunch of food for the kids and I got diapers for the baby closet," said Laura James of Coos County.

She won the shopping spree through a Coos Bay-North Bend Rotary Club auction.

Laura is donating everything she grabs to South Coast Family harbor, a local organization that helps people.

"We serve about 40 families that we give food to when they're in need,” Laura said. “I thought it would be a great opportunity to get some extra food in the pantry."

Laura could only grab two of each item, so she enlisted a fellow Rotarian and past shopping spree winner to coach her.

"Make a route and put little markers on the floor, then she really nailed it," said the club’s Tom Bennett, who won a previous shopping spree and also gave back to families in need, which spurred the store to match his contribution.

After three minutes of speed shopping, Laura gathered close to $800 worth of food and products, and McKay's is once again matching her donation.

Their Coos Bay store hosts the shopping sprees twice a year.

Those in need of assistance can apply at the South Coast Family Harbor office on Hull Street.

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