December 22, 2016 07:23 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- It’s a donation that’s going to have a ripple effect throughout the community … at a time when ripples are needed.
"Our goal this year is $1.225 million," said Mower County United Way Executive Director Diane Baker.
Think of it as the gift that keeps on giving.
"We'll be giving a check of over $333,000 to the United Way,” said Hormel Foods’ Nicole Shute.
This year's United Way contribution from employees at Hormel Foods' corporate office is four percent higher than last years, which was also a record.
"We have bake sales, silent auctions, they have little competitions between groups, hey, I made my goal, did you make your goal yet," Nicole Shute told us.
And it comes at a critical time.
"Right now poverty knows no age, knows no race, knows no gender, it is across the board," said Lt. David Amick at the Austin Salvation Army.
The Mower County United Way provides funding for 55 programs through about 26 agencies. The Austin Salvation Army is one of them.
“The food shelf routinely does about 350 people a month, we also have rent and utilities coming in, we have people that are homeless we're trying to assist," Lt. David Amick told us.
And demand like that even puts pressure on figures like $1.225 million.
“Our requests the past three years have been coming in well over what we've been able to invest," the United Way’s Diane Baker said.
Without funds from the United Way or other sources …
"We'd have to start making cuts somewhere, yes," the Salvation Army’s David Amick said.
Something that might not be necessary … thanks to donations like those from the employees at the Hormel Corporate Office.
“They understand the need in the community … and they work hard to give back and make sure our community is taken care of,” the United Way’s Diane Baker said.
Created: December 22, 2016 07:23 PM
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