The holiday season is a time of giving, and the employees at Yankee Candle Company have again stepped up to giving to their neighbors during their employee holiday drive “Season of Sharing”. The week before Christmas, the United Way of Franklin County will receive hundreds of items including; gently used coats, food, and toys to distribute to families in need in Franklin County via the United Way’s partner agencies. “We are so very grateful of the generosity of the people who work at Yankee Candle Company. We are pleased to be able to support the needs of individuals and families during the holidays because of their giving spirit”, said Sandy Sayers, Executive Director of the United Way.
The donated items will be given out to over 200 families who are struggling during this time of year to make ends meet. Food donations will be given to the United Arc’s food pantry and The Center for Self Reliance to be distributed to those they serve in Franklin County. Other United Way agencies receiving donations include: Franklin County Community Meals Program, Mary Lyon Education Foundation, Montague Catholic Social Ministries, Community Action! Family Center, and the New England Center for Women in Transition (NELCWIT). Also a number of coats and toys have been donated to The Recovery Project to help those in need during their community Christmas distrubution on December 22nd.
Yankee Candle is the largest employer in Franklin County. “We have been fortunate to have the support of Yankee Candle for many years. They run an internal employee campaign for the United Way of Franklin County which is a significant contribution to our overall campaign. The funds we raise are allocated to partner agencies who apply for funding and partnership with the United Way” states Stephanie Gale, Director of Resource Development & Community Engagement at the United Way. To learn more about the United Way or to get involved, visit www-uw-fc.org or call 413-772-2168.