MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- Businesses in Mount Kisco are coming together to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital this holiday season.
Ann Taylor, located at 41 South Moger Avenue, has put together a holiday gift basket filled with 12 donated gifts from itd store and other small businesses. Participating merchants include Seasonz, Papyrus, Via Michelle, Yogi's Paw, Mount Kisco Sports, Billy's Hair Salon, Starbucks and Metro Nail Salon.
The gift basket, which is valued at over $200, features items like earrings, body location and gift cards. To be entered into the raffle, simply make a donation to St. Jude at Ann Taylor between now and Dec. 22.
Ann Taylor has raised $11 million since its partnership with St. Jude began in 2007.
"We wanted to make this a community event," Donna Soszynski, event coordinator for Ann Taylor said. "We want to partner with other businesses and get them involved. We want to entice people to make a donation."
Soszynski said St. Jude, which never turns a child away, really counts on people's donations.
"Every dollar can add up and make a difference," Soszynski said.
Soszynski said she knew a child that died of brain cancer at age of five, making her want to help St. Jude.
"It's very hard to see a young child go through that struggle," Soszynski said. "I'm always passionate about helping people, especially when it comes to children.
Aside from raising money for St. Jude, Soszynski said it was important to raise awareness.
"Especially during the holiday season which is about giving and being thankful," Soszynski said. "I have been involved with many fundraisers with many different organizations. Every time it leaves me with a deep sense of what is really valuable - connection to others, compassion & gratitude."