As long as it fits.
Weakley-Watson True Value Hardware is offering its customers a 20 percent discount on most items that fit inside a purchased 5-gallon bucket for its “Purple Bucket Promotion.” For every plastic purple bucket sold, with each priced at $5.99 each, the hardware store located at 1414 Austin Ave. will donate $3 to Brown County Relay for Life.
Exceptions of items being used for the discount include sale items, power tools and power equipment, owner Mike Blagg said Tuesday afternoon. Relay for Life is scheduled April 22 at Gordon Wood Stadium.
“We thought this was a good way to raise money for Relay for Life,” Blagg said. “We knew they would be interested in something like this.”
Store employee Kathy Kelly said the store received two pallets of buckets, with the affixed Relay for Life mural, putting them around 480 total buckets. The number is nearly double of what they had last year with one pallet when the store first started the donation.
Blagg said he thought of the idea for his store after visiting another True Value in the Dallas area where it was doing a similar promotion for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. So last year around this time, Blagg and his store used pink buckets but now use purple in 2016 to match Relay for Life’s signature colors.
Blagg said they sold last year’s total in a week and half. Though he said the store received the buckets a little later than anticipated, especially with Relay for Life being less than two weeks away, as long as “it’s going to a good cause.” He added that the store special would continue the promotion well after the fundraising event.
Kelly has had a strong involvement with Relay for Life. Her father, Gerald Hale, died of bladder cancer in 2006 and has ran/walked during the event five times. She said he was in his 70s when he passed away.
“As long as we can help out in any kind of way,” she said.