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Washington County employees provide cash, goods for needy

January 01, 2006

Employees of Washington County government gave more than $10,000 in cash and goods to the needy through 16 Dress-down Casual Day events in 2005.

Tina Rupert, administrative assistant in the Division of Public Works, each year organizes the events in which employees who make donations have the ability to wear casual attire to work. There is one event per month unless special circumstances warrant additional events, and employees may donate $2 or more.

In addition to cash, employees gave truckloads of clothing and school supplies, more than 400 pounds of food, recreational equipment for Iraqi children, plus coats, hats and gloves. A cash value could not be placed on the amount of goods donated.

In January, employees donated $1,824 for victims of the Southeast Asian tsunami through the Red Cross, and $351 for Victory Junction.

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In February, $412 was raised for the Transplant Resource Center.

In March, $400 was donated to assist juvenile diabetes research.

In April, The Parent-Child Center received $361.

In May, $356 was provided to the Shaken Baby Syndrome Foundation.

In June, $322 was raised for Big Brothers and Big Sisters programs.

In July, the local Children in Need program was provided with a pickup truck load of clothing and school supplies and $277 in cash.

In August, The United Way Day of Caring received $314 and employees volunteered time for projects to benefit United Way agencies.

In September, a special donation for victims of Hurricane Katrina raised $2,660. Also that month, the Flight 93 National Memorial Fund received $336.

In October, money was raised to provide troops in Iraq with recreational equipment for children in areas devastated by war. The $328 donated was used to purchase 10 soccer balls, 11 pairs of soccer shorts, one padded goalie shirt one pair of soccer shoes, a net and four pairs of socks. Later in the month, Y-Me of the Cumberland Valley received $374 for Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities.

In November, employees donated more than 400 pounds of food and $315 in cash to help Food Resources of Washington County provide Thanksgiving meals to needy families.

In December, Casual Day for Toys for Tots raised $719 for the Marine Corps Reserve. The local Coats for Kids program received $549 in cash as well as coats, hats and gloves.

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