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Market Street announces 2019 Change for Charity recipients

January 3, 2019

Paying the meters while out shopping or eating at Market Street has its benefits.

Officials with Market Street announced its 2019 Change for Charity recipients Thursday, which will receive the thousands of dollars in change collected at Market Street’s 68 voluntary parking meters.

This year’s effort will benefit the American Heart Association, ASD Hope Inc. Texas Autism Academy, Operation Pets Alive and Meals on Wheels of Montgomery County. The funds derived from the parking meters will be distributed to one recipient entity each quarter of the year.

In its more than decade of existence, the program has collected upwards of $200,000 for local charities that directly benefit The Woodlands and Montgomery County. Donations more than tripled in the latter half of 2018 after Market Street switched from coin-collecting meter heads to those that accept debit and credit cards, marketing director Noemi Gonzalez said.

“People are now actually paying the meter because everyone has a credit card and not everyone has coins,” Gonzalez said.

The Woodlands Car Club raises money for the recipients throughout the year as well, holding events the first Sunday of each month where the proceeds are coupled with Market Street’s donations.

The charities are chosen from a database of local and county charities that have applied to the program but have yet to be accepted and the full selection is diverse, covering different sectors of charity work. The charity receiving Change for Charity’s proceeds in the first quarter, the American Heart Association of Montgomery County, provides healthy living resources and focuses on raising awareness for heart disease.

The second quarter beneficiary, ASD Hope Inc. Texas Autism Academy, is a private school in the south of The Woodlands that incorporates applied behavior analysis into their eduction curriculum. In the third quarter, Operation Pets Alive, a no-kill animal shelter benefiting Montgomery County,will be the beneficiary and Meals on Wheels Montgomery County will receive the proceeds from the fourth quarter.

“We’re excited to help local charities,” Gonzalez said.

mrincon@chron.com

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