Publix Supermarkets on Madison Street and Tiny Town Road made a major toy contribution to United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region. The toys, estimated at over $4,000, were taken to United Way’s local agency partner, Crisis Intervention Center, to provide much needed Christmas relief for struggling families in the community. This donation will help relieve the immense request for Christmas assistance.
This holiday season, both Publix Supermarkets in Clarksville provided employees and customers the opportunity to purchase children’s toys and drop them in donation boxes at the front of the stores.
Madison St. Store Manager, Norman Rubio, shared his response to the giving spirit of those involved. “We’ve been involved with United Way for over 50 years and we’ve had a great partnership helping people in various communities throughout the states we operate in. It’s part of our corporate culture to make sure that we’re not just taking out of communities, but that we’re giving back. Along with our United Way campaign of annual payroll deductions, this is the greatest time of the year to really give something back to the communities, for those in need and for their children. Although there is a reason for the season, children we feel, are very important that they not be forgotten, that we give to them as well. We just enjoy it. We’ve been doing it for years and I have to say that in all the states that I’ve been in with Publix, in all the areas and communities I’ve worked in, our Clarksville community is such a giving community. I’m so very proud to be a part of it and how they support our giving nature with United Way.”
In addition to toy collections, Publix on Tiny Town Rd. was one of the local businesses that adopted a family this Christmas through United Way, along with AT&T employees. With the help of the Crisis Intervention Center, families in need were matched with local business for United Way’s Adopt-A-Family program. Publix’s Tiny Town Store Manager, Vince Hartley, explained that “giving is part of Publix’s culture and we strive to live up to that legacy.”
For more information about volunteer opportunities or how to make a contribution, please contact United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region at 931-647-4291 or visit liveunitedclarksville.org.