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'Best Friends' lend a hand at San Mar Children's Home

October 23, 2007

BOONSBORO - More than 30 "Best Friends" descended on San Mar Children's Home on a very hot Oct. 4 to provide a day of work at the nonprofit organization near Boonsboro.

The visitors - all employees of Best Buy, which will open a new store along Garland Groh Boulevard in Hagerstown on Oct. 26 - pitched in to complete a number of projects.

San Mar is a safe place for adolescent girls who have experienced the traumas of abuse or neglect. In addition to four group homes, San Mar operates a treatment foster care and adoption program for girls and boys who are medically fragile or who have behavior problems.

"The projects our Best Friends took on were on our wish list, but we just did not have the manpower nor funds to complete them this year," said Daniel C. Day, director of development and marketing for San Mar.

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"The cost of materials for the projects are being covered by a $1,000 donation by Best Buy, as well as a donation by Home Depot."

"We are very happy to help San Mar," said Casey Seabolt, Best Buy service manager. "For us, opening a store in Hagerstown is more than just part of a corporate business plan. We will be a part of the community and selected San Mar as our ongoing agency partner in recognition of the difficult work they do helping children in crisis."

The Best Buy projects included building a garden area with a raised-bed at the Dr. Henry and Florence Hill Graff Shelter. Next spring shelter residents will plant flowers in the beds and edible herbs and vegetables in the raised bed.

The volunteers also completed a room in the Edward and Pauline Anderson Transitional Living Home. The room will serve as an area were girls can select articles of clothing from among those donated to San Mar.

Also completed were interior and exterior painting, shrubbery trimming, landscape cleanup and vehicle washing.

The new Best Buy store plans a special presentation to San Mar at its grand opening day, said Johnny Arias, general manager of the Hagerstown store.

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