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United Way Has Collected 33 Percent Of $150,000 Goal

Hopkins County United Way has collected 33.3 percent of the $150,000 goal so far, with only 2 weeks left in the campaign.

Campaign workers on Oct. 27 at the fourth campaign report meeting turned in another $7,318.50 in donations and pledges over the last week for this year’s campaign, increasing the overall total collected so far to $50,012.92.

Campaign Chair Mike Horne encourages campaign workers to follow up on packets delivered and make sure everyone on their list is counted.

This week, numerous businesses, service providers and organizations were recognized for their contributions. Dial Study Club, Mother’s Culture Club and Junior Waverly were among the organizations recognized Tuesday morning at the fourth weekly campaign workers report meeting.

Two local funeral homes, restaurants, sign business, car dealership, insurance agencies, cooperative, healthcare and dental providers, construction and welding businesses, attorneys, realtors and title companies were among the named contributors. (See video below of the Oct. 27 campaign workers report meeting for the full list or recognized businesses.)

HCUW officers reported there are still some industries and contributors that are faithful United Way contributors who are working on but have yet to complete campaign donation and pledge packets. Some include agencies and businesses that have in the past been recognized as lead donors based on their generous contributions to HCUW.

Hopkins County United Way campaign workers report meeting 4, Oct. 27, 2020

The fundraising event hosted last Tuesday by Panda Express not only generated 20 percent of proceeds from customers who mentioned HCUW at purchase but also had donor match the amount given, doubling the amount.

Horne announced another giveback from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 10 at Soulman’s Bar-B-Que. The business will have a bucket that customers can drop their receipt in to have a percentage of those sales contributed to HCUW.

HCUW Co-President Bill Owens expressed appreciation to Jay Hodge for allowing his Chevrolet dealership to hold a giveback event again, contributing $100 for every vehicle sold at the dealership this month. The business hopes to be able to contribute $10,000 to HCUW. Owens said the the business has raised approximately $5,000 to date to contribute to HCUW.

Horne noted a second video has been posted on the Hopkins County United Way Facebook page, spotlighting one of the 19 agencies allocated a portion of the $150,000 campaign goal from this year’s campaign.

The first video highlighted Hopkins County Christian Alliance, an organization designated to receive $7,000 to help the Community Cupboard provide supplemental food to needy Hopkins County families on a weekly basis and emergency travel assisted; and allocated another $1,000 to help Empty Stocking provide supplemental toys for children from birth through age 15. In 2019, Community Cupboard served 33,924 people and Empty stocking served 806 children.

The second video features Bright Star Baseball, an organization designated $1,000 of the $150,000 campaign goal to provide positive modified recreational sports opportunity for players ages 5 years and older who have special needs. In 2019, the program served 107 players and buddies.

The two final scheduled HCUW campaign workers report meetings will be conducted at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, and Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Donations to HCUW may also be mailed to HCUW Campaign Headquarters, PO Box 735, Sulphur Springs, Texas 75483-0735; or via the HCUW Facebook page, where information about the 19 agencies allocated funding this year will also be featured.

HCUW Campaign Chair Mike Horne announces a giveback event planned Nov. 10 at Soulman ‘s Bar-B-Que to benefit United Way.

Author: Faith Huffman

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