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Area Publix’s support United Way community charities fund

JONESBORO — Publix recently wrapped up its workplace campaign for United Way of Greater Atlanta, and organizers are commending stores throughout the Southern Crescent for playing pivotal roles in this year’s collection.

Yolanda James, the senior communications manager for the regional organization, said Publix stores have donated $51.7 million nationwide in this year’s effort to restock funds provided local charities.

Employees throughout the 13-county Atlanta region have contributed $6.64 million to United Way’s Community Impact Fund, with $229,056 coming from seven stores in the Southern Crescent.

Store No. 816 in Shops at Lake Dow was reported the highest-grossing store in the region with $51,849 collected.

James said the other five Publix stores in Henry County collected $124,510, while the lone Clayton County store on Mt. Zion Parkway donated $25,697.

United Way staff visited each Publix store in the region to thank employees for helping in the fundraising effort that will eventually help support well-known charities in the community.

Henry County agencies such as A Friend’s House, Hands of Hope, Flint Circuit Council on Family Violence, Henry County Council on Aging and Boy Scouts Flint River Council will benefit from the funds.

In Clayton County, beneficiary agencies include Clayton County Extension Services, Hearts to Nourish Hope, Association on Battered Women of Clayton County, Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity, Clayton County Family Care, Calvary Refuge Center and House of Dawn.

“We appreciate the contributions from thousands of individuals to our Community Impact Fund, which makes it possible to drive sustainable change in our region,” said James.

“United Way of Greater Atlanta works to improve lives by focusing on the building blocks of a quality life — helping children succeed in school, improving the financial stability of families, providing affordable and accessible health care for all and ending homelessness, while continuing to address urgent and basic human care.”