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FedEx time, money, food benefit United Way partners

FedEx United Way campaignBy MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

Employees at the Dublin FedEx facility are doing their part to help the area’s needy by donating to food, money and time to Pulaski County United Way and its partner organizations.

Besides conducting a campaign to raise money for the local United Way, FedEx employees also held a food drive for the Emergency Needs Task Force, a United Way partner organization. They filled and donated purple, reusable FedEx logo bags filled with food items for the pantry at Emergency Needs Task Force.

“The food has come along at the perfect time. Our cupboards were very low,” Janet Johnson, area director for the Task Force, said of the contribution. “In the past two weeks, we have received food from FedEx, Group Truck Operations-Logistics and Appalachian Power.”

Johnson noted that the bags of food came during a very needy time for their program. “We give out food every day,” she said.

Troy Manns, a FedEx employee, was grateful for the opportunity to create food bags that will help those in need, adding, “I think it’s great we can be here and give back to the local community.”

“We are grateful to all of our donors, especially when they sponsor something like this that really raises awareness and offers support to our community,” said Susan Dalrymple, Pulaski County United Way director.

Johnson and Dalrymple recently met with FedEx employees and administrative staff to provide them with more information on United Way and its partner organizations. FedEx employees across the nation raise funds for their local United Ways.

The employees are also encouraged to volunteer in their community. Dalrymple spoke to one employee who has been matched to a child in the school system through United Way partner Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Pulaski County United Way supports programs through 21 partner nonprofits, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Emergency Needs Task Force.

Dalrymple said bringing people together to strengthen the community is at the heart of Pulaski County United Way’s mission “to unite people, organizations and resources to build a healthier community.

Lee Smith, 2013-2014 campaign chairman, pointed out the organization’s annual campaign is now underway. “It’s not a few people giving a lot; it’s everyone giving a little, giving what they can,” he said of the campaign.

Pulaski County United Way does not receive government support. Donations come through workplace giving and individuals, Dalrymple said.

“Pulaski County United Way is here because the community supports us,” Smith added.

For more information on the local United Way organization and how you can contribute, call 980-2537.

Those who would like to donate food to Emergency Needs Task Force should call 980-5525.