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United Way highlight: giving kids 4,460 bags of food

United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties has reached the end of its fiscal year and the 2012-13 United Way Campaign.

With generous support, it raised $733,640 to help neighbors and friends in Douglas and Pope counties.

Here are some of the things that were made possible:

--United Way supported 25 agencies and 45 programs. Those agencies have worked and helped more than 24,976 people.

--Monthly mobile food drops have provided 183,663 pounds of food for 8,905 individuals or 2,736 households.

--Approximately 25,000 books were given to children through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program.

--169 children had a milk break in kindergarten through 1/2 Pint for Everyone.

--686 back packs with school supplies were given to children through Stuff the Bus. That equates to one in five students in District 206 schools.

--Warm winter coats were given out to 1,122 people.

--Hungry children in Douglas and Pope County schools received 4,460 bags of food through Backpack Attack.

--Nearly 15,000 pounds of produce were distributed to residents of Douglas County from the Plant an Extra Row program.

--The Traveling Tree House bus went out to six communities in Douglas County and provided more than 90 hours of education and learning opportunities for more than 1,000 children.

--House Keys, a housing initiative, was started to develop a program to assist individuals who are homeless.

--A Leave a Legacy Committee is working to inform all non-profits and community members of Legacy Giving.

"Working together we have been able to make a positive difference in the lives of many in our community," said Jessica Boyer, United Way executive director. "We want to thank you for your support in the past and ask for your continued support in our new 2013-2014 campaign year."