Small business owners are the backbone of any community. Small businesses that give back to the community are the heart of the community and seem to thrive. Mary’s Mini Dogs has quickly become the heart of the north end of New Bedford.
One of New Bedford’s newest businesses, Mary’s Mini-Dogs on 2112 Acushnet Ave. in the north end of New Bedford, immediately started giving back and has made giving back to the community a daily task.
While tips are not expected, any tips received are donated to local non-profits. Every 30 days, Mary’s chooses a different local, non-profit organization and donates every penny to that organization.
In the first 30 days of tips, Mary’s donated $310.73 to a local Boy Scout troop. This month, tips are being donated to the Greater New Bedford Special Olympics. The next two non-profits are New Bedford Guide Scholarship fund (coming soon!) and Odie’s Place Animal Shelter.
“Mary’s” also donated a percentage of sales for two days towards the fundraiser of Tricia and Victoria Fernandes’ Polar Plunge for Special Olympics. The plunge is on February 28, 2015. https://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1122675&supId=417036071. Mary’s has also made food donations of hot dogs, rolls and chips to Mercy Meals and cold cuts and cheese to Harbour House Family Shelter.
On Super Bowl Sunday, Mary’s prepared hot dogs for 109 on duty police officers and firefighters in New Bedford, Fairhaven, Acushnet and Freetown. The owner, Mary Hocking, asked for volunteers to deliver the hot dogs to each station and received an overwhelming response from the community. Twelve people delivered hot dogs to 16 police and fire stations. The volunteers were Debra Andre, Michelle Lafrance, Katie Ann Doyle, Paul Lopes, Gina Farizo, Lori Anne, Justine Reed, Brittany Michelle, Kathy Lopes, Pearl Lee Monteiro, Cathy Silva and Robin Quinn.
Mary’s is a welcomed business in the north end of New Bedford. Stop by soon to enjoy a delicious meal and tip generously knowing that 100% of the tip money will go to a great local cause.