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Sheri's Booty for Babies Kicks off at Area Harris Teeter Stores
Donations bins in stores today to benefit local children's charities

Charlotte, NC - Sheri's Booty For Babies is the ultimate baby shower for needy infants. Sheri Lynch of 107.9 the Link's "Bob & Sheri" Show has created a campaign to help United Family Services and A Child's Place. As of today, donation bins have been placed in all Charlotte Harris Teeter stores for customers to drop off baby items for our neighbors in need.

Now pregnant with her second child, Lynch came up with a plan to help area children in need and Harris Teeter is proud to throw a community baby shower for all of Sheri's listeners who want to get involved and help kids right here in their own backyard.

Sheri's Booty for Babies will be held Sunday, June 8th from 2-5pm at the Charlotte Marriott at Executive Park. It will have all the fun guests have come to expect of a baby shower, from games and treats to loads of fabulous prizes - but with this party, all of the gifts will go to the babies that truly need them most.

Mark Pierman, President and CEO of United Family Services understands first hand the need in our community. He says, "This is a wonderful way to celebrate families in our community. The gifts from this project will help relieve some of the everyday pressures that families face in nurturing their children."

For a child born into poverty, warm, clean, new pajamas are a luxury. A soft blanket is a treasure. And a cupboard full of formula means a full tummy and a healthier baby. Diapers, wipes, bottles, pacifiers - even the smallest item donated is needed and appreciated.

"Sheri's Booty for Babies drive will allow the community to make a difference in the lives of homeless children and families. Baby items can be costly for parents who are struggling to obtain stable housing," notes Cheryl H. Carrothers, the Community Resource Director for A Child's Place.

Lynch adds, "In almost eleven years of broadcasting, I've come to know the people of the Charlotte region for their kindness and generosity of spirit. Sheri's Booty for Babies is one way for all of us to share our many blessings with the weakest, tiniest, and most helpless among us. It's also going to be a great party!"

Harris Teeter, Inc. with headquarters in Matthews, NC, is a subsidiary of Ruddick Corporation (NYSE:RDK). Harris Teeter is the 39th largest supermarket in the United States with 2002 sales of $2.35 billion. The grocery store chain employs over 14,000 associates and has 142 stores in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida.