In Sacramento, taking the family to the neighborhood pool in the summer isn’t something people put a lot of thought and planning into, they just do it. They do it because it’s refreshing, because it’s fun, because they’ve done it their whole lives. Energetic kids and triple digit temperatures, it’s a natural fit. But due to budget cuts, the City of Sacramento is faced with having to close many community pools, and pretty soon everyone will be thinking about it.
The challenge: The City does not have the money to keep the pools open so it’s up to the people and businesses of the community to step up and raise or donate the funds. The story even made the New York Times.
The response: Save Mart is committed to working with the City to help keep the pools open. Save Mart is working directly with City officials to lead an effort to raise money to cover the operational costs of keeping the pools open. This was an easy decision, as it is our policy to support the communities where we are located and one of our core values is helping parents raise healthy kids. The community pools in Sacramento are a big part of the community, and an even bigger part of the lives of many families.
Are you interested in keeping the pools open? Here’s how you can help:
- Visit your nearest Save Mart or FoodMaxx store in Sacramento and donate at checkout. Save Mart will match ANY donations from individuals, groups or companies for up to $500,000 total.
- Visit Save Mart on Facebook and click the “Like” button on our Save Our Pools tab. We’ll donate $5 for every “Like” between February 28 to March 13. Do you already “Like” Save Mart on Facebook? No worries, we’ve created a special button specifically for the pools here (link).
- Text POOLS to 80888 to make a $10 donation.(Available to AT&T and T-Mobile customers now; Sprint and Verizon customers in March)
- Show your support by purchasing Save Our Pools sponsored items identified throughout the store.
- Visit www.savemart.com/saveourpools to donate, and for more info on business donation opportunities.
We want to thank all of you in advance for supporting this cause. No kid should have to grow up missing those experiences of his first swimming lesson, the first cannonball into an ice cold pool, or even the first time hearing a lifeguard yell a well-intentioned “No running!” Every kid needs to have those nostalgic memories of the smell of sunscreen, of Mom taking her through the mushroom fountain, and the nap afterward. Every family deserves those experiences.
Please share this post with your friends on Facebook, and help Save Mart Save Our Pools this summer.