Local businesses give back on #GivingTuesday

Posted at 11:17 AM, Dec 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-01 11:17:08-05

After the rush of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you may hear music today instead.

It's #GivingTuesday, and local businesses are teaming up with charities to give back.

"Whenever you can work together in these things, it works out good for everybody," says Rhea VanAtta, the owner of the Old Town General Store.

The Old Town General Store and Elderly Instruments are donating part of their sales today to the local "Music is the Foundation" charity.

Here's how it works: at the General Store, 10% of sales from Michigan made goods will go to the foundation.

That's pretty much anything with Michigan on it or that talks about the mitten state, like Michigan candles, oven mitts, cookie cutters and more.

It's a chance for the General Store and other local businesses to send a message.

"It's not all about taking this season, you know and getting, it's about giving and I think that's a really important thing to stress to everybody," says VanAtta.

Music is the Foundation Founder Ben Hassenger says this kind of generosity helps his charity continue bringing music back to schools.

"We help kick start the ukelele program at East Lansing Prime Time, it also helps support Special Ed programs at Clinton County RESA," says Hassenger.

We're told Elderly Instruments is donating a portion of ukelele and accessory sales to Music is the Foundation.