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Perry Wellness Center receives unexpected donation

The cooler will keep a higher capacity of produce fresh than previously capable The cooler will keep a higher capacity of produce fresh than previously capable
Rudy's Happy Patch market was an idea of Stuart Perry, the leader of the Perry Wellness Center Rudy's Happy Patch market was an idea of Stuart Perry, the leader of the Perry Wellness Center
Peas, Watermelon and many other produ hactsve ample space Peas, Watermelon and many other produ hactsve ample space
Stuart Perry (Green) helps watermelon off the pickup into the cooler Stuart Perry (Green) helps watermelon off the pickup into the cooler
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

Volunteers filled their new state-of-the-art cooler with fresh produce this afternoon at the Perry Wellness Center in Americus.  

It was donated by the Americus Civitan Club. After club members proposed the idea, the project grew quickly.  

"They, I guess, tripled the amount of money, said the manager for the Wellness Centers market, Phyllis Smith. "Which was wonderful news. And then in the meeting someone made a motion to just pay for the entire amount."

"We were able to give them a great product at no cost to the Perry wellness center, said president elect of the Americus Civian Club Dale Davis. "Americus Civitan Club was able to absorb the total cost of this project."

The Club says the $20,000 plus project was its largest contribution in recent memory, and the peers served by the center pitched in with the installation.

"It's good that we could get a project that we could get involved with," said Davis. "And we could also give the peers that are located at this facility to help put a finished project together."

The finished project will allow the Rudy's Happy Patch Market at the center to expand, leading to more interaction between the peers and the community. 

"There might be people who were not so happy that we're here, said Smith who is also a "peer" of the Wellness Center. "But if they come in and buy tomatoes from us, or peaches, or watermelons or whatever they are waited on by the peers."

"Now we can cool the products," said David. "We've got the end of the cooler which is a freezer that we take pride that they can use their own to feed the peers at this facility."

Now they have ample storage capabilities for produce that local farmers like David Wells donate.

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