GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — The Smith family, which owns seven hardware stores in Atlantic and Cumberland counties, set of a goal of being more charitable in the new year, but their effort started Wednesday night.

Several members of the Galloway Ace Hardware team on South Pitney Road wanted to do something fun to celebrate the holidays with the store staff and customers, so they created their first Ladies Night Celebration, said Joe Smith III, one of the co-owners.

Anyone who made a $3 donation to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey received 20 percent off their store purchases. In addition to the discount, there were giveaways for all women who stopped by and refreshments, raffles, music and do-it-yourself demonstrations.

Smith hoped to attract as many as 200 people from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday to the celebration planned as an annual event.

“Obviously, we know there are a lot of families in need. We want to give back the best we can to all the communities that we serve,” Smith said.

Smith contacted the Community FoodBank early last month to tell them his store would be holding the event to raise money for them.

“They were thrilled,” Smith said. “This is just one thing we want to do with them. We look at them as a longtime partner for us.”

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Twenty years as a staff writer in the features department, specializing in entertainment and the arts at The Press of Atlantic City.

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