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Business, United Way help agencies stock their shelves

December 19, 2002

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - More than a dozen area agencies received essential supplies Wednesday as the United Way of Franklin County coordinated a distribution of donated goods to area shelters, meal programs and social service agencies.

More than $14,000 worth of surplus bedding (comforters, sheets and pillows) and personal supplies (robes, towels, shower accessories) were made available through the Student Advantage Campus Services Co. from its warehouse in the Cumberland Valley Business Park, according to Cynthia L. Hawbaker, executive director of the United Way of Franklin County.

In addition to the bedding, the company arranged for the donation of more than $1,200 (wholesale value) of fresh fruit intended to be part of their student care packages but were undeliverable due to last week's ice storm.

Receiving the goods were such agencies as the Franklin County Shelter for the Homeless, the Adams County Shelter, W House shelter program in Hagerstown, the food program of First United Methodist Church, the Chambersburg Hispanic Center, Women In Need, local Red Cross chapters, Mountain Valley Center, Family Health Services, the YMCA, Waynesboro Welfare, Waynesboro Human Services, New Visions and Financial Counseling Services.

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Some will use the items immediately at client holiday events, others will use them for ongoing services and the Red Cross will utilize their goods to help at times of household fires and disasters.

"The United Way may not always be able to provide the full funding needed by local agencies, but this is one more way we try to get the community's resources to those in need," Hawbaker said in a news release.

For more information about this program, contact the United Way at 717-262-0015.

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