The Hopkins County United Way campaign had reached 21 percent of the goal on Oct. 13. At the conclusion of the second campaign workers report meeting, 2020-21 HCUW Campaign Chair Mike Horne reported another $11425.57 had been collected over the last week, increasing the overall pledge to $31,831.57.
“We are well on the way,” Horne said of the campaign’s efforts to collect $150,000 to benefit 19 local agencies.
He offered thanks to the many campaign workers who have already turned in donation packets from local businesses and industries as well as those who are still out delivering packet and collecting donations, and to those who have generously contributed to help HCUW meet the goal to help thousands of county residents of all ages through the 19 agencies that have been allocated funds through the annual campaign.
“Everyone has done a great job. We are so grateful,” HCUW Executive Secretary Susan Berning added.
More than 2 dozen businesses, organizations and elected officials contributed toward this week’s total and were recognized (see video above) for their donations.
Horne also offered appreciation to Craig and Chaney Johnson for the billboard which promotes the HCUW campaign, local media partners and Jay Hodge Chevrolet for loaning someone to provide videos to be distributed on the HCUW social media account to let people know more about HCUW and how it helps the community.
Panda Express at 150 East Shannon Road in Sulphur Springs will also be holding a giveaway on Oct. 20. Those who eat at the business and show a paper or digital copy of the flyer for HCUW Fundraiser Event and those who enter the promo code “317614” from the flyer on online orders at checkout can help 20 percent of event day sales go to HCUW. The business will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Jay Hodge Chevrolet is also holding a giveback event, contributing $100 for every vehicle sold at the dealership this month. The business hopes to be able to contribute $10,000 to HCUW. The business had achieved a quarter of it’s goal as of Oct. 13, Bill Owens reported.
Owens and Horne encourage those who are not in the market for a new car and don’t contribute through a business or organization to consider making a contribution through the “Shop Now” link on the Hopkins County United Way Facebook page. Donations to HCUW may be made by contacting any campaign worker; mailing a check to HCUW Headquarters at PO Box 735, Sulphur Springs, Texas 75483; calling 903-243-4066; or bring the donation to Hopkins County AgriLife Extension Office on Houston Street to turn in during an upcoming weekly campaign workers report meeting, at 9 a.m. Oct. 20 and Oct. 27.