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Troy Pigs have plenty of ‘hearts’ this year

Each year, the Pike County American Heart Association contacts local businesses with opportunities for sponsorships. For seven years, Steve and Jennifer Garrett, owners of the Piggly Wiggly stores in Troy, have readily agreed to a sponsorship.

The Piggly Wiggly stores in Troy came on board once again on Tuesday when they began selling symbolic hearts at both the 231 and North Three Notch locations.

The hearts will be on sale throughout the month of September with all proceeds going to the American Heart Association for research into and treatment of heart disease and education about the nation’s number one killer.

“Both Piggly Wiggly stores are selling hearts for the Pike County Heart Association for what will be their eighth year,” said Jimmy Phillips, a Pike County Heart Association board member. “Over that time, more than $6,600 has been raised.”

Phillips said, when shopping the Piggly Wiggly stores during the month of September, the cashiers will ask shoppers if they would like to donate to the Heart Association.

“The cashiers have been very helpful in the fundraising efforts for this very worthy cause,” Phillips said. “Steve and Jennifer are most supportive. Both of them have parents who have experienced heart concerns to they understand. Their support is greatly appreciated.”

Phillips said all of the money donated in Pike County, usually around $30,000 each year, goes to the national headquarters of the American Heart Association.

“Last year, only 7.1 percent of the money raised for the AHA went to administrative expenses,” he said. “80.5 percent goes for research and education.”

Tracey Davis and Teresa Doty are co-chairs on the Pike County Heart Association.

“We are excited by the response of the local businesses and individuals who support the Pike County Heart Association, either by becoming a sponsor or making a memorial donation,” Davis said.

Individuals, as well as businesses, may join the fight against heart disease and stroke by making a contribution in honor of a heart disease survivor or in memory of one who lost his or herbattle.

To make a donation to the American Heart Association, mail a check to the Pike County Chapter of the AHA, 203 Ingram Drive, Troy, AL 36079.

“The American Heart Association is a worthwhile endeavor,” Doty said. “We greatly appreciate the response of the businesses and individuals who help us in the fight against heart disease and stroke.”