Customers at High River and Okotoks Shoppers Drug Mart stores have really come through for the Rowan House Society.

The stores were able to hand over a cheque for $24,903 to the emergency shelter Tuesday afternoon.

Linette Soldan with Rowan House says it'll really help keep their programs going.

"Our preventative Education program is actually not funded, and we have to every year actively fundraise in order for us to continue to provide the school presentations, community presentations and our Healthy Relationship groups," she says.

Soldan thanked the staff and owners of the Shoppers Drug Mart in the two communities for their heart, passion, commitment and dedication, saying it's incredible what can be accomplished when everyone works together.

The associate owner of the High River Shoppers, Mukesh Divakar says they're glad to be able to help such a worthy cause.

"Stacey and the whole front store team, especially shoppers from Okotoks at Southridge and D'Arcy they have been really awesome with their contributions." Divakar says.

"I live in the community, I really appreciate this community and it really is a community where you feel a sense of belonging, where you want to give back because when I moved to town it was a very different experience compared to the city here, people are nicer, they want to help each other so this is really great and what Rowan House has been doing is awesome."

They more than doubled last year's contributions and Divakar says they'd like to hit $30,000 next year.

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