Domtar holds fundraiser for local backpack program

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Domtar in Washington C.H. recently raised over $10,000 for a local backpack program.

Each year, Domtar participates in worthwhile causes for charity. Last year, the business better aligned itself with three straight strategic focus areas: literacy, health and wellness, and sustainability. It reached out to the community and found a need within the local schools.

Hence, Domtar joined up with others in the area to support the Weekend Backpack Program. This program provides healthy, easy-to-fix, non-perishable meals to kids and helps to sustain them throughout the weekends. These meals are sent home with parents’ permission in a disposable carry bag, and contains such items as mac n’ cheese, canned fruit, cereal, canned pasta and oatmeal.

Domtar understands that some children go hungry when they are not in school to receive hot, healthy meals and it would like to help fill the gap, according to the business. By nourishing the community’s children, it allows them the opportunity to grow and learn, and as a result, the community becomes stronger and better-rounded.

Domtar’s fundraising efforts usually last for approximately one month during the year. It raises money in several ways. Domtar creates opportunities for its employees to donate. They are served a couple modest lunches, contests are held and this year, Domtar brought in a dunk tank. Along with the employees, donations come from contractors, vendors and local merchants.

Donations are given through tangible donations and monies. The tangible items are then raffled off to the employees.

Rose Avenue Community Center in Washington C.H. spearheads the Weekend Backpack Program, so all of Domtar’s monetary donations go directly to them. Rose Avenue is one of the many community programs supported by United Way of Fayette County, so if Domtar employees chose to support the backpack program through payroll deductions, they simply designate that their United Way contribution go to Rose Avenue.

This year the goal for Domtar was $8,000 and that was surpassed by raising $11,083.02. Domtar officials said they are so fortunate to have giving employees and generous community supporters.

Domtar officials also thanked all of those who contributed to making this year’s fundraising efforts so successful and helped to raise so much money for such a worthwhile cause.

Domtar thanked the following:

Auto Zone, Bob Evans, Craig’s Shoes & Sports – Quali-Tee Design Sportswear, Constantly Cleaning Traci Johnson, Custom Lawn Care, Dairy Nook – Greenfield, Dairy Queen, Domtar Wellness, Douglas Industries – Chillicothe, Fastenal, Frisch’s, Halliday Lumber, Jani-Chem, KBS Vending, Kathy Mason, McKesson, Melinda Chandler – Chillicothe, Merchant’s National Bank, Parrish Trucking, Parrett Insurance, Panera Bread – Chillicothe, Record Herald, Robbins Village Florist in Greenfield, Roosters, Rusty Keg, Rose Avenue Community Center, Streetside 62 Bistro, Thirty-One Valerie Robinette, Tractor Supply, United Dairy Farmers, United Way, Jim VanDyke’s Auto, Werner’s Smokehouse in Jeffersonville, WVNU-Greenfield Radio Station, WalMart Distribution Center, YMCA, Air Technologies, Arrow Industrial Supply, Associated Packaging, BST Trucking, Georgia Pacific, King’s Island, Matlock, Mosca, Motion Industries, Process Metrology, Roland Paper Converting Services Todd Nemitz, Silco, Texarkana Machine, and to all of the employees at the Domtar Converting and Distribution Center.

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