A Tuscaloosa nonprofit's annual 'Apples for Education' fundraiser wrapped up last week and brought in more than $3,700 to provide school supplies to children in need.

The event pitted two local Chick-fil-A restaurants against one another in a competition to raise the most money for the community. The proceeds were given to Backpack Connections, who will provide backpacks and other supplies to children in the Tuscaloosa City Schools and the Tuscaloosa County School System.

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Customers at the participating Chick-fil-A's were asked to donate an extra dollar at the drive-thru. In exchange, a paper apple representing the donation was displayed in the store.

The campaign wrapped up this weekend, and organizers said the two restaurants raised a total of $3,719.

Without further ado, the Thread is happy to announce after a close competition, the Northport restaurant location was victorious.

  • Chick-fil-a Northport raised $1,999
  • Chick-fil-a South finished with $1,720

Pam Rogers, the Community Coordinator for Backpack Connections, said a Northport resident who had heard about the fundraiser couldn't let his Chick-fil-A lose, so he got together with a group of his friends and donated around $350 to secure his store the victory.

"I wish I could thank each and every person for their donation," Rogers said.

Congratulations to Chick-fil-A Northport on their victory and for the true winners of the Apples for Education fundraising drive -- the youth of the Tuscaloosa area who will receive much-needed school supplies thanks to the generosity of donors at each restaurant.

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