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Area company steps up for United Way

Sunday, November 4, 2007

The employees of Bemis Company continued their commitment to the community recently by conducting a book drive at their Terre Haute plant that resulted in the donation of 400 children's books to United Way's Success By 6 program.

The books will be given away to children, age 6 or younger, in the lobby of the main library of Vigo County Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007. The give-away will be combined with the scheduled library Saturday Morning Holiday Fun and will be sponsored by Bemis Company and United Way Success By 6. The event will be from 10:30- 11:30 a.m.

Christmas stories will be read to the children and there would also be Christmas songs. In addition, children would be able to select their own book from the 400 books courtesy of Bemis Company.

"Conducting a book drive in addition to our traditional pledge campaign was something new to Bemis employees. Since United Way introduced the new Success By 6 initiative, we felt this was a great opportunity to get our employees involved. Everyone who donated a book seemed to have their own story to share related to reading a book and spending time with a child. Thanks to those employees and the Success By 6 Program, children in the Wabash Valley will now have a new book that they can learn to read and share with others," said Kelli Watson, Human Resources Supervisor from Bemis Company.

"The commitment of Bemis and their employees to our community through United Way is extraordinary and this is just another example of their compassion for others," said Jim Bertoli, United Way's Executive Director. Bemis previously provided 50,000 for the National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive and 5,000 bags for the Success By 6 literacy kits to the local United Way.

"The Vigo County Public Library is pleased to partner with Bemis Company and the United Way to offer a book distribution at the library's Saturday Morning Holiday Fun. Books provide the pathway to literacy for young people. The VCPL encourages all parents to provide books and other learning materials in the home to foster early learning opportunities," said Nancy Dowell, Director of the Vigo County Public Library.

For more information, contact Mark Johnson or Jim Bertoli at United Way of the Wabash Valley, 812-235-6287 or via e-mail at mark.johnson@unitedway.org or jim.bertoli@unitedway.

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