Shopping Lansing’s Old Town Nov. 17 will benefit local schools

Customers select schools to receive 17% of sales at participating ‘Shop 4 Schools’ merchants

LANSING, MI (November 1, 2018) — Shoppers at Lansing’s Old Town will be able to designate 17 percent of their purchases Saturday, Nov. 17, to benefit area K-12 schools during Old Town’s second annual “Shop 4 Schools” event.

School foundations and parent-teacher organizations participating in the 2018 event represent Chippewa Middle School, Okemos; schools within the Lansing School District; and Lansing’s St. Gerard School and Church of the Resurrection School. Additional school organizations can register through Monday, Nov. 5, at

“We are all independently owned businesses and have a vested interest in the success of our community,” said Lynn Ross, owner of Mother & Earth Baby Boutique. “The ‘Shop 4 Schools’ event doubles down on our investment in local schools. Because all of our proceeds stay local, all of our sales increase the local tax base and help fund schools.

“The 17 percent of sales on Nov. 17 – the Saturday before Thanksgiving – will be donated directly to school foundations and parent-teacher organizations. This money will help pay for extras that schools typically do not fund, such as supplies, camp fees and scholarships.”

Old Town merchants participating in 2018 “Shop 4 Schools” are Absolute Gallery, Capital City Scuba, Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, Curvaceous Lingerie, Grace Boutique of Old Town, Katalyst Gallery & Gift Boutique, Mother & Earth Baby Boutique, October Moon, Old Town General Store, Polka Dots Boutique, Preuss Pets, Retail Therapy, Sir Pizza Grand Café, Sweet Custom Jewelry and Where the Wild Things Bloom.

LAFCU, a Lansing-based statewide credit union, supports the fundraising event by collecting and distributing the donated funds.

Event coordinators hope to reach the goal of raising $4,000 this year, in part due to the positive feedback from the 2017 event and increasing awareness of the event.  More than $1,300 was raised last year for schools in Lansing, Okemos and Grand Ledge.

For additional information, contact Ross at or 517.721.1868.

Old Town merchants participating in 2018 “Shop 4 Schools” will ask customers to designate a local school to receive 17 percent of their purchases on Nov. 17, the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

About LAFCU (MI)

Chartered in 1936, LAFCU is a not-for-profit financial cooperative open for membership to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Michigan and to businesses and other entities located in Michigan. The credit union serves more than 74,000 members and holds over $1 billion in assets. It was named a Best Credit Union to Work For in 2020. LAFCU offers a comprehensive range of financial products and services as well as an expanding complement of financial technology solutions. Members enjoy benefits such as low fees, low-interest rates on loans, high yields on savings, discounts, knowledgeable employees and nationwide access to fee-free ATMs. A recipient of the national Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award for credit unions, LAFCU enriches the communities it serves by supporting many organizations and causes. To learn more about LAFCU, call 800.748.0228 or visit


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