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United Way hosts 'Thanks A Million' event at H-E-B


H-E-B store managers and the United Way of Hays County Executive Director and Board Members pose with H-E-Buddy at the “Thanks A Million” event.


Employees of H-E-B in Central Texas pledged more than $1 million dollars in contributions to the United Way, with $164,00 pledged in Hays County.

In appreciation, the United Way hosted “Thanks A Million” events at several stores in Central Texas, including a Tuesday event at the H-E-B at 641 Hopkins Street.

The event featured “guest baggers” and greeters from United Way Hays County.

“We like to say we’re in the business of growing philanthropists through our workplace campaigns,” said Michelle Harper, Executive Director of United Way of Hays County. “This an encouraging way to start our campaign and raise the $350,000 needed to move us forward in continuing our efforts to create community change and improve the lives of those in need.”

Thousands of H-E-B employees from Central Texas counties pledged $1,029,974 in an employee-driven campaign that smashed the previous record-giving 2009 donation with a nearly 25 percent increase.

Said Jeff Thomas, senior vice president and general manager for H-E-B’s Central Texas region, “I’m humbled and proud of the continued generosity of our H-E-B Partners (employees) through these challenging economic times.  They work hard to take care of the needs of our customers both inside our stores, and outside in the community … It’s important to recognize that this employee-driven pledge by our partners is separate and in addition to our corporate giving to United Way. This was driven completely on the ground level, by motivated and giving partners who greet  customers at our stores everyday.”

The money raised will assist United Way Hays County and its partner agencies in their programs devoted to the social issues of education, income and health.

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#1 Comment By Michelle Harper On 10/27/2010 @ 8:34 pm

Thanks to HEB for being such an outstanding part of the Hays County community. Be sure to thank ALL HEB partners for giving back to the community!