With still a month left to go, funds for the McDuffie and Warren County United Way Campaign are pouring in, with Shaw Industries setting a new precedence. Local dignitaries and United Way committee members met at the Shaw Industries Thomson plant 22 on Tuesday to receive a check for $56,138.
"This money from Shaw was over one-half of the McDuffie County effort," said County Commission Chairman Charlie Newton.
The McDuffie and Warren Counties goal for this year, announced by Executive Director Charles Bellman in October, is $110,000.
United Way is an international non-profit organization that improves lives in local communities by gathering donated funds from individuals, businesses, clubs and organizations and distributing to agencies that benefit the needy.
"The real beauty of what you've done is that the money stays right here in town and helps people in town," Thomson Mayor Bob Knox said. "Thank you for what you've done."
According to Mr. Bellmann, 78 percent of the money raised comes from automatic payroll deductions
Vince Shivers, Shaw plant manager, said the Thomson plant has 560 employees on the payroll, meaning each employee gave $100. Employees of the plant's D-shift extrusion attended the check presentation ceremony because their shift contributed the highest amount for the plant.
"D-shift came to the table. Great job, D-shift," Mr. Shivers said. "It's just fantastic. We over doubled our 2005 amount, and there's not another Shaw plant in the company that did better."
After the check presentation, a drawing was held in which D-shift employees were awarded prizes. Frederick Sanders won a day off with pay. William Parker, Timothy Bohler, Carlos Bell and Brian Hobbs won a $50 Wal-Mart gift card. Eric Butts, Corey Thomas and Sara Wilburn won a $25 Wal-Mart gift card. Kenny Thigpen, Calvin Cooper and Kelvis Veasley won a Shaw rug.
D-Shift supervisors are Tommy Shelton and Mandell Beall. Mr. Shelton said he encouraged his employees by having them in his office one at the time and explaining how United Way works and how it benefits others. Mr. Beall said he thinks his shift "did a wonderful job."
"It gets real competitive between the shifts," said Human Resource Manager Chakla Davis. "This year, they all went above and beyond."
The United Way campaign will run through Jan.15. For more information on United Way, call 706-597-8373.