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Businesses take a unique approach to raising money for March of Dimes

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Amarillo, TX - Raising money for charity is taking a creative turn when it comes to the March of Dimes.

This year the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center came up with an idea special to their profession to raise money for the March of Dimes.

"Here at Texas Tech we decided to do a scrubs donation drive and so far we've had a really good response from all of our departments and we're expecting to collect many more, not just from the people in Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, but also from the public," said Justin Patterson who is the Marketing Director for Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.

After the scrubs are collected they will be cleaned up and sold, all the money raised will then be donated to the March of Dimes.

And just last month the Amarillo Sonic held their own popular drive.

"We've been involved with the March of Dimes since 1999 with our fried pie promotion and what we do is basically add on apple and cherry fried pies to our menu and then we sell those basically for a dollar donation," Camie Boone who is the HR Director for Sonic in Amarillo said.

The March of Dimes funds research for premature babies and babies with birth defects. One out of every seven babies born in Texas is premature.

"Here in the  Panhandle we have a high prematurity rate, that is one of the things March of Dimes is really focusing on is prematurity," said Carla O'Neal who is the Community Director for March of Dimes in Amarillo.

Last year the local March of Dimes raised $442,000 and the goal this year is to raise $500,000.

The money raised locally stays here to help children in our area.

"We are currently working with Northwest Texas Hospital to do a NICU family support and we're working on that, getting that off the ground this year," O'Neal explained.

The March of Dimes walk will take place on April 26th. For more information about the March of Dimes you may visit there web site at www.marchofdimes.com

And if you would like to donate to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center's "Scrub Drive" you may contact Stacy Evenson at (806) 354-5521 or you may email her at stacy.evenson@ttuhsc.edu

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