(Seguin) -- The Guadalupe County United Way is recognizing a handful of donors who helped make 2014 an outstanding year.
Deborah Eckols, the executive director of the local United Way, says this year, the organization personally thanked not only its top contributor but the other nine outstanding donors.
"We distributed plaques this year. We don't do that necessarily every year, but we distributed plaques this year and just wanted to say a special thank you. Our top donor Minigrip, was recognized and then the other nine were recognized as outstanding donors," said Eckols.
She says along with all other donations from both the community and individuals, the Guadalupe County United Way in 2014 raised $294,000. She says Minigrip LLC, alone, contributed $90, 646 -- making it -- again -- the 2014 Top Donor.
Eckols says it's thanks to these donors that really help make this campaign a success.
"Well it's always important to say 'thank you.' We of course, could not do what we do, which is helping to fund the organizations in our community that are providing health and human services assistance. So it's very important to acknowledge the folks that are helping make that happen. So much of it, in our area, is industry and of course larger businesses and we just appreciate the fact that they run these employee campaigns where they have the option to select to donate through payroll deductions each month. So we tally all of that and then we just reache out to those that were at the top of our list in terms of donors," said Eckols.
Eckols believes in a time when all groups are seeking donations, the United Way provides businesses a chance to help all of them at one time. She says the local chapter is currently providing funding to 36 service/nonprofit organizations in Seguin and Guadalupe County.
"The most important thing I think is to know that any money that you donate here stays in your own community. Our United Way is its own 401c3 non-profit entity and we raise funds here and the funds -- we then distribute and are distributed to organizations that serve the people of Guadalupe County. We're making decisions now about funding that will start in 2016. So what we do is we accept applications from organizations that are providing health and human services here in our community and improving the quality of life here. We accept those applications and we make determinations then about distributing the money to those organizations. Of course, you're going to recognize a whole lot of the names, like RSVP, the Community Council, the Seguin Art League, the 4-H Clubs, the Texas Agriculture Education and Heritage Center, so those are just some," said Eckols.
The United Way is already collecting funds for the upcoming year. Individuals can donate directly to the United Way by cash, check, or PayPal at guadalupeunitedway.org. Gifts of stocks and bonds can also be accepted. Donations can also be made by calling 830-372-9009.