Holiday shopping to help people in recovery

"Shop for a Cause" for Amistad recovery center

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --

Many holiday shoppers hit Portland's streets to get gifts Saturday. 
At dozens of stores, some of the money customers spent went to Amistad, a non-profit recovery center in Portland for people struggling with drug use.
More than fifty merchants from jewelers to pizza shops had orange "Shop for a Cause" posters in their windows.
Many retailers donated ten percent of their Saturday earnings to Amistad.
The organization offers showers, recovery services, and mental health services to people in need.
For merchants, selecting a recovery-focused non-profit was an easy decision because they say addiction is a very apparent problem in Portland.

“It's something that I see every day as a Portland resident walking around, whether it’s on my way to work or on my way home,” said Sarah Demarest, a store manager at Se Vende jewelry store.

Across the street, at Uncommon Paws, owner Gudrun Cobb explained her decision to join Shop for a Cause was personal but that shouldn’t matter.

“We're very happy to support Amistad, to be part of the downtown business community, to support these kinds of causes because they're important,” she said.

She added her motivation was, “not just as a mother of a recovering heroin addict but also as a human being.”

Previous Shop for a Cause days have raised $8000 for the Preble Street Resource Center and $10,000 for Milestone Recovery.

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