EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KMOX) – An Edwardsville business owner is translating the $82,000 online fundraising drive to save the toy store Once Upon a Toy into something called, “Once Upon A Town.”

Katie Elrod, the owner of To-Do’s, a party store, says the momentum inspired by saving Once Upon a Toy is something she hopes to harness.

“Why can’t we raise the same amount of money or raise a good chunk of money by us businesses banding together and donating funds to the charity of the month, every month?” she asked.

“Pardon me if I get a little teary eyed because this stuff does mean something to me,” Elrod said Monday, announcing that at least eight Edwardsville-area business owners are dedicating the 14th of each month to their “Once Upon A Town” effort. On that day they will give ten percent of their sales to a local charity.

“This month’s charity is our Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois,” Elrod said. “In my discussions with the Girl Scouts, I told them we didn’t want that money used for administrative expenses or something out of the area.”

Below are a list of Edwardsville and Glen Carbon stores which have signed up for the effort. Elrod hopes more will take part.

  • To-Do’s Party Store
  • Once Upon a Toy
  • Edwardsville Flea Market
  • Olive Oils and More
  • Studio 11 Salon and Spa
  • Tot Spot Children’s Resale
  • Unique Boutique
  • Wang Gang Eats

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