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Heartland United Way campaign to start up in two weeks

Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 8:42 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Heartland United Way campaign starts up two weeks from Thursday. Organizers were preparing for the upcoming festivities planned for the 75th year of the fundraising events.

Husband and wife, D. J. and Kathy Eihusen, the Hall county campaign chairs, stepped up to do their part in the cause. Kathy Eihusen said there were reasons they decided to help out this year.

“We really saw the impact that the United Way has in our counties and the good that it does,” Kathy Eihusen said. “We really like the imagination library, we like the services that are provided, the nonprofits that are involved in the united way and how they help in the community.”

D.J. Eihusen told Local4 news Thursday that they were already looking toward a certain outcome for the campaign.

“This year, we’ve set a goal of $1.5 million dollars so, we’re certainly reaching for the stars,” D. J. Eihusen said. “We believe it’s an obtainable goal. We’re so passionate about the united way and for the mission that it serves and to improve lives and possibilities for others.”

September 30, the couple, as well as the Heartland United Way crew, planned to host a free event where the public could come to watch the movie ‘Only the Brave’ as well as to hear a tragic story from special guest speaker, Brendan McDonough. McDonough was the only surviving firefighter out of 19 following a 2013 wildfire that occurred in Yarnell, Arizona.

This year, those who give $260, or $5 a week, to the Untied Way would be entered in a raffle for a chance to win a 2021 Jeep Gladiator Willy’s 4x4. The Jeep was donated by Tom Dinsdale Chrysler Dodge Jeep. Winner of the car would be announced in December.

Though the campaign hadn’t officially started up yet, the Heartland United way had already began accepting donations.

All of the proceed from the event were planned to go toward families and youth in need in Hall, Hamilton, Merrick and Howard counties.

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