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Holiday dollars offer savings

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

More than 30 volunteers will help sell $100,000 in Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Holiday Dollars this Saturday.

Holiday Dollars offer people who purchase the specially-designed paper money a 15 percent discount. The money is used at local businesses.

For example, People will receive $100 in Holiday Dollars by paying $85.

Fifteen tellers will sell the Holiday Dollars at 9 a.m. Saturday in the upper level of the Le Mars Convention Center, 275 12th St. S.E.

People may enter the building from the east side.

"If the weather is inclement, we will open those doors so people may line up to make their Holiday Dollar purchase inside the building," said Mary Reynolds, of the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce.

People who are 18 or older may purchase the dollars by filling out a form designating how much money they want in each area of the three categories, she said

Holiday Dollars may be purchased in the three categories of retail, restaurant or Fareway/Hy-Vee/Wal-Mart.

"They can buy up to $500 per category so it's a total of $1,500," Reynolds said.

Volunteers will also help people buying the Holiday Dollars fill out the form to purchase the Holiday Dollars.

When the buyers reach a teller, the order will be reconfirmed, according to Reynolds.

Another volunteer fills the Holiday Dollar order and the dollars are to be counted by the buyer after the money is brought to tellers.

People may buy the Holiday Dollars with cash or by writing a check from a Siouxland area financial institutions.

Credit or debit cards will not be accepted, Reynolds said.

Business in Le Mars are making the 15 percent discount for the holiday dollars possible, according to Reynolds.

American Bank, First National Bank, Great Southern Bank, Kingsley State Bank, N.W. Iowa Credit Union and Primebank each donated $1,000 for the Chamber holiday promotion.

"The financial institutions get nothing in return," Reynolds said. "What they are doing is letting their customers and the people of the community know that they are vested and care about the strength of businesses in our community."

The rest of the money that helped underwrite the 15 percent discount is from 30 other businesses that chose to get involved in the promotion of spending dollars locally, she said.

Those businesses are Chamber members and paid a $500 assessment.

"Not only are the banks investing in the people of Le Mars, these businesses have chosen to help pay down the 15 percent for the Holiday Dollars," Reynolds said.

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