Lowe’s Building Supply of Waxahachie has kicked off its annual Shamrock fundraising campaign to help children with muscular dystrophy.

“We want to raise $6,000 to send these children to camp this summer,” said Sam Gonzales, store manager. “When they attend camp, it’s one week out of the year when they can forget about their condition and just be a regular kid with others just like them.”

Lowe’s has the campaign every year, from mid-February through April 1. Patrons may purchase the Shamrocks, which will be affixed to the front wall of the store with the donor’s name on it. They can purchase the $1, $5 and $20 Shamrocks.

This year, there will be a new twist to the campaign. If Lowe’s raises $6,000, regular store patron Mike Hebrank, owner of PM Home Experts, handyman and remodel service, has agreed to let Gonzales

shave his beard off.

“It’s a very worthy cause and it’s helping good people, so why not?” said Hebrank, who has more than a year’s growth on his beard. “And if they go $500 over their goal of $6,000, I’ll let him take it off the top too.”

But there’s another reason Hebrank wants to contribute his beard to the cause.

“This store is very community-minded – they want everyone to come in and feel like family,” Hebrank said. “Employees take time from what they’re doing to try to visit with customers and because of the business I’m in, I do a lot of business in here. In fact, I’m in here just about every day.”

Gonzales said it costs $800 to send a child with muscular dystrophy to Camp John Marc in the Dallas area. According to its website, Camp John Marc partners with community and health professionals and organizations to provide high quality camping experiences year round to campers who have a chronic illness or physical disability.

“Just think how many kids we could send to camp this year if we raised the full amount,” Gonzales said.

For further information, contact Lowe’s at 214-399-2000, ext. 800.

Contact Paul at paul.gauntt@wninews.com or 469-517-1450.