Last updated: November 21. 2013 12:38PM - 1283 Views
By - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com

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This holiday season some local children will have a little more to celebrate thanks to the generosity of U.S. Bank.

Over the course of the next two weeks, U.S. Bank, a key corporate partner of United Way of Southern Kentucky, will be presenting checks to 11 local non-profits totaling $5,000 with the intent that the money be used to purchase holiday gifts for underprivileged children who are receiving services from these agencies. United Way of Southern Kentucky has assisted in the distribution of the funds on behalf of U.S. Bank.

On Wednesday, U.S. Bank and United Way presented $800 to the Logan County and Russellville school districts’ family resource centers.

The money will be used to help purchase Christmas presents for local school children who might otherwise miss out on getting gifts this holiday season.

“We will put it to the best use possible by getting them items that are useful and by getting them a fun toy that they can have at Christmas,” said Melanie Manley of the Lewisburg and Adairville family resource centers.

At Russellville, family resource director Carol Kees said that their money will be spent on children who are on the school’s angel tree.

“Every year we have some angels that don’t get sponsored,” Kees said. “And then it falls on the school family resource center to make sure they get some Christmas gifts.”

The local South Central Kentucky Region of U.S. Bank participated in and won a corporate U.S. Bank campaign this summer titled U.S. Bank in the Community. The local region turned in an award winning performance and was rewarded with a special $5,000 grant to be used in the local community for a cause, or causes, decided by local employees.

Craig Browning, Regional President of U.S. Bank, commented on use of the funds, “Once we were notified of the great news, I gathered a group of local employees to discuss our intended use of the $5,000 grant. We unanimously decided to invest these funds in the underprivileged children of our area during the upcoming holiday season. Our desire is to see these funds put to good use by many worthy agencies throughout our community during this Christmas season, and we sincerely appreciate United Way of Southern Kentucky for their partnership and assistance in distributing these critical dollars to those most in need.”

For more information on how you can make the choice to LIVE UNITED through giving, advocating and volunteering, log on to the United Way of Southern Kentucky website at www.liveunitedtoday.com.

United Way of Southern Kentucky (UWSK) is a local, independent, non-profit organization that works to identify and address the issues that matter most, change conditions and improve lives in our community. United Way is focused on critical issues including poverty, literacy, personal abuse, substance abuse, youth development, senior services, and physical and developmental disabilities. Incorporated as a charitable non-profit entity in 1956, UWSK has long served a major role in the community by bringing people together to create opportunities that make a measurable difference in the quality of life for people where they live and work. The mission of United Way of Southern Kentucky is to be the leader in bringing together the resources to build a stronger, more caring community.

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