Local companies donate to children in need through United Way

MANKATO—’Tis the season for giving! Two local companies are utilizing the assistance of United Way in order to get their donations into the hands of children in need.


Capstone employees assembled over 200 literacy kits (individual bags with books, pencils, bookmarks and other items) to be distributed to area children, while Scheels is donating dozens of new stuffed animals.


Representatives from both companies as well as United Way will be delivering the items to Partners for Affordable Housing and Committee Against Domestic Abuse (CADA) on Wednesday, December 14.


Media is welcome to join us at the delivery locations:

Wednesday, December 14

·       10 a.m.: Delivery at Partners for Affordable Housing (151 Good Counsel Dr. #130, Mankato – behind Loyola on the Hill)

·       10:30 a.m.: Delivery at CADA (100 Stadium Ct., Mankato)


According to a recent study by Wilder Research, on any given night, more than 3,500 children in Minnesota are homeless, and half are age 5 and younger.


So far in 2016, Partners for Affordable Housing has housed 61 children under age 18, with the average age of 7. CADA has housed 116 children this year.


“Part of United Way’s mission is to connect people to resources, whether it is donation avenues, volunteer opportunities, human services or other community connections,” said United Way CEO Barb Kaus. “Both Capstone and Scheels are consistent community supporters that look for creative ways to give back.”


Kaus added that the two businesses approached United Way separately regarding their donations and were happy to partner together for the delivery of the items.


About United Way: In addition to securing funding for its partner agencies, United Way aims to convene the community and to connect people and organizations to resources in order to build a better tomorrow for all ages in our region. Learn more at MankatoUnitedWay.org.


--December 12, 2016