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Augusta couple fighting COVID-19 internet profiteering

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NORTH AUGUSTA - Samantha Ozga is enraged over the internet resales going on in the wake of COVID- 19.

She and fiancé Jay Kelly became extremely angry when they saw the CJOH newscast about people buying dry and canned goods and reselling them at a huge markup. To counteract what they call "simple greed" they have organized a food drive for people on low incomes or those who didn't manage to stock up before local shelves were picked clean.

The couple plan on asking kids from the Prescott branch of Connect Youth to help them sort and package the goods they collect. They are using their business - Legends Boxing Academy - in Brockville as a storage site.

"Our mandate in business and in this pandemic is 'Community Strong' and this is really a time for people to focus on that," says Ozga. "The idea grew from one of our members saying he didn't have much at home to eat because when his family went shopping there wasn't a lot left."

"Then we saw the news and got really angry." The couple hopes others are upset enough to support their mission.

Anyone wishing to donate or help with the food drive can contact Ozga or Kelly at 613-349-7195.

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