UTICA, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – A local convenience store chain just made a major donation to help in the fight against Muscular Dystrophy.

Cliff’s Local Market, a convenience store chain with 20 locations across Central New York, spent the months of February and March collecting donations for the Muscular Dystrophy association. Throughout the campaign, customers could donate one or five dollars to purchase a paper shamrock, which were signed and hung in the windows of their stores.

Cliff’s announced a goal of $35,000 for the event, and on Friday, March 24, the stores announced that they had raised $37,759. All local funds will directly benefit area children with muscular dystrophy and allow them to attend the MDA summer camps. The camps provide children with a week of fun in an environment suited to their needs.

If you would like more information on next year’s shamrock campaign or how to get involved yourself, visit the MDA website at mda.org/shamrocks.