SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — Northwest Ace Hardware teamed up with the Salem Fair to donate $7,725 to 127 Place, a Christian-based non-profit for orphans in southwest Virginia.

The Salem Fair returned to Salem this past June, allowing Northwest Ace Hardware stores to sell hundreds of “Megapass” unlimited ride wristband tickets for the fair in advance.

Salem city officials tell WFXR News that the pre-sales of these wristbands are what allowed the owners of Northwest Ace Hardware stores to donate the money.

“The pre-sale passes for the 2022 Salem Fair were once again a big hit with fairgoers,” Salem Director of Civic Facilities Wendy Delano said. “Buying the passes early not only allowed fairgoers to save money, but it also provided a donation back to this deserving organization. This is truly a win-win for all involved and this is just one more way that the Salem Fair and Northwest Ace Hardware are supporting our community.”

According to the city, the 34th annual Salem Fair featured over 40 rides, musical performances, family-friendly events, food vendors, and carnival games, drawing visitors from across the Commonwealth and nearby states over the course of 12 days.

“Northwest Ace Hardware is truly inspired by the exceptional work 127 Place is doing to improve the lives of children in our hometowns and we are honored to make this contribution on behalf of our community,” Northwest Ace Hardware Vice President Nathan Overstreet said. “The Salem Fair’s positive impact on the region for more than three decades really compels us to partner with them.”

As for the nonprofit 127 Place, it describes itself as “helping individual families and church bodies to make a dynamic difference in the lives of orphans through foster care, adoption, global orphan care.”

According to 127 Place Executive Director Ryan Moore, Roanoke has the largest population of children in foster care “by far.”

“If we can support families so that children do not go into foster care in the first place, that will be a victory for everyone,” Moore said. “We want to support grandparents and other family members who take children to keep them out of foster care.”

The City of Salem says there are approximately 5,000 children in the foster care system throughout the Commonwealth.

“We are so thankful to Northwest Ace Hardware and the Salem Fair for supporting the work that 127 Place and its partner churches are doing in our community to serve the most vulnerable,” Moore said.

To learn more about 127 Place and how you can help children in need, visit the 127 Place Facebook page.