Exceeding expectations to help Saline Area Social Service raise $25,000, this year's annual cookie fundraiser at Reinhart Realtors in Saline successfully raised $30,238 for Saline Area Social Service. Before adding match pledges, $20,238 in #GivingTuesday donations were delivered to the Reinhart Realtors Saline office from businesses and personal donations throughout the community. The high level of community support paralleled the generosity from the Reinhart Charitable Foundation, who initially pledged a $5,000 match donation, but in honor of National Giving Day, doubled its donation to $10,000.
"Supporting Saline Area Social Service, which is a local organization that offers emergency assistance to members of our community who need extra help, gave all of us at Reinhart Realtors motivation to encourage our co-workers, neighbors, friends, business partners and the extended community to join us on National Giving Day," said Elke VanDyke, Realtor and Charity Lead for the Reinhart Realtors Saline cookie fundraiser event. "I am proud of what our community was able to accomplish for Saline Area Social Service in this single day."
With this donation, Saline Area Social Service will be able to provide nearly 4,000 meals to the seniors, children and working poor that they expect to serve next year. In addition to providing fresh fruit and pantry items to its clients, Saline Area Social Service also provides paper products, diapers, dish and laundry detergent and personal care products . Additional services, such as delivering groceries to seniors at Mill Pond Manor who can't make the trip to the Saline Area Social Service pantry due to physical limitations, providing scholarships to school-aged children to participate in after school sports, music and enrichment programs without financial barriers and providing backpacks loaded with healthy snacks like granola bars and shelf stable milk to the Saline Area School District every week so that underprivileged students can have healthy snacks at school are just a few of the added services that Saline Area Social Services provides to the community.
"Thank you to everyone who generously donated on #GivingTuesday and those who continually support Saline Area Social Service throughout the year," said Jamail Aikens, Executive Director at Saline Area Social Service. "Elke and everyone at Reinhart Realtors worked so hard on our behalf to make their #GivingTuesday Cookie Sale a successful event. We're extremely grateful for Reinhart Realtors' continued partnership and appreciative of the overwhelming response and support that Saline Area Social Service continues to receive in the community."
About Saline Area Social Service
Saline Area Social Service (SASS) is a private, tax-exempt non-profit organization that has been in the community for over 50 years and serves the most vulnerable students, families and senior citizens that live in the Saline Area School District. With approximately 1,000 Saline area families living below poverty level and 500 students receiving free or reduced lunch every day, it's SASS's mission to provide our short and long term aid, directly and through referrals, to its clients in need.
Phone: (734) 429-4570
Founded by the team in the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at 92nd Street Y http://www.92Y.org, #GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. This year, #GivingTuesday was on November 27. #GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners
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