Mutual support can make the difference between a community and just a bunch of people living in the same place.
From 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, Youngsville Home and Garden is taking that to heart during its first Benefit Day.
"We've had a lot of people come into the store having benefits," owner Nick Brunecz said. "It seems a lot of people around here are having some hardships."
On Saturday, May 18, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Youngsville Home and Garden will be donating a percentage of all customer bills to those in need.
The idea formed, according to Brunecz, "seven to eight" months ago and took off from there.
"It became my wife and daughter's idea," he said.
On Benefit Day, the store will be donating 10 percent of total purchase prices to those in need. There will also be refreshment sales and games with give-aways, proceeds from which will be given to struggling community members.
There will be volunteers set up at a table, according to Brunecz, and customers will be able to show their receipts, name one of four beneficiaries that will be posted or name someone they know in need, and have their 10 percent recorded with the name of their beneficiary.
Posted beneficiaries, according to Brunecz, "are suffering some hard times with health issues."
Spring is also upon us, Brunecz pointed out.
"If people come out and they're looking for something for spring," Brunecz said, "that's a good time to do it since proceeds will go to good causes."
To Brunecz, it's all about being a part of a community.
"This is starting our 20th year at the store and the community has always given us their support," Brunecz said. "It's just our way of saying thank you. I realize, monetarily, the proceeds from this are tiny compared to a hospital bill, but maybe it'll help for a day or a week."