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Three Gaston organizations receive awards from United Way

Three Gaston organizations receive awards from United Way

The United Way of Gaston County presented three Spirit of North Carolina awards last month.

The award is intended to “celebrate individuals and organizations for their exemplary partnership demonstrated through fundraising and volunteer efforts, outstanding leadership and creative team building,” according to a news release from the organization.

This year’s Gaston honorees include Gaston County Government, Food Lion Feeds and Gaston County Schools.

“The Gaston County Government team led by Angie Torres delivered an impactful and engaging campaign in support of the United Way of Gaston County,” the release said.

According to Gaston United Way, the county facilitated a campaign from October 2023 through December 2023. The campaign team scheduled in-person meetings with each department and engaged representatives from United Way and partner agencies to highlight United Way-funded community services.

“In addition to the department meetings, Gaston County Government hosted events and activities such as Jeans and Jersey Day and a Turkey Raffle,” the release said.

“More than 15 volunteers from the Food Lion Feeds team supported a local family by stocking their pantry with healthy food for three months. What makes this initiative even more commendable is the collective effort involved,” the release said. “Their collective dedication and teamwork ensured the success of this meaningful endeavor, which had a significant impact on the lives of those in need. Additionally, on Care Day, team members volunteered their services to partner agency United Way (Adult Care Center).”

Gaston County Schools led a district-wide United Way campaign, allowing both teachers and students to work together in an effort to increase support for community needs.

“The Spirit of North Carolina Award shines a light on our incredible partners who support the work of the United Way of Gaston County and help us achieve our goals,” United Way of Gaston County President Andrea Stephens said in the release.