Shamrocks are everywhere in the Dunkin Donuts shop on South Avenue, Whitman. Ashlee Forlizzi (left) and Tracie Perry (right) display their shamrock mobiles to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Sixteen Dunkin Donuts are participating this year in the charitable program. Photo courtesy of Jim Sharland

Sixteen local Dunkin Donuts shops in the South Shore area are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day early by selling Shamrocks Against Dystrophy mobiles. 

Employees at Dunkin Donuts are plastering the walls with green and gold shamrocks and have raised more than $1,500 in a little over one week. Customers donate $1 to get their name on a green one or $5 for the gold shamrock, which are then displayed throughout the store to create a festive display for St. Patrick’s Day.

Participating Dunkin Donuts are located in East Bridgewater, East Weymouth, Hanson, Hull, Norwell, Scituate, Whitman and Cohasset. Franchise owner Carol Porter is once again coordinating this charitable effort. “We all get very excited each year and would like to thank our generous customers for making this so successful for the MDA.”

Shamrocks Against Dystrophy is the nation’s largest benefit event associated with St. Patrick’s Day. Proceeds will help children and adults in the South Shore area who are affected by neuromuscular diseases. Muscular Dystrophy Association provides free hospital clinic visits, orthopedic appliance loaner equipment and repairs, support groups, flu shots and a week at summer camp for children ages 6 to 17.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary national health agency also dedicated to finding treatments and cures for over 40 different muscle diseases by funding research grants throughout the country.