GREENVILLE — Workers at Whirlpool’s KitchenAid plant in Greenville donated checks totalling over $21,000 to three local food pantries Friday afternoon. Funds for the donation were raised by the company’s annual Employee Golf Outing.
Kristy Catarelli, director of Fish Choice Pantry, received a check for $7000 on behalf of the organization. Fish will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, and as previously reported in The Daily Advocate, is also involved in distributing “mitten trees” at churches and businesses throughout the Darke County area, to facilitate donations of winter clothing.
“This donation is very much needed, and we’re very, very thankful,” Catarelli said. “Whirlpool has always been very generous with their help to the community, and we appreciate their continued support.”
Sharon Fellers accepted a check on behalf of Grace Resurrection Community Center, which operates a food pantry, soup kitchen and clothing bank in Greenville. The Community Center started in 2000 and, according to the nonprofit’s Facebook page, strives “to be a place of hope and provision where people who need food, clothing and medical care have their needs met with dignity.”
“We really appreciate the donation,” Fellers said. “It helps keep our food pantry going for the whole year.”
Finally, John and Sue Strawser appeared on behalf of the Castine Area Food Bank, which services residents in the southern part of Darke County, and has been operating since the late 1980’s.
“We really appreciate all that Whirlpool does for the food bank,” Strawser said, “and it’s good to see all the people who are being helped by their generous donation.”
Representatives of the various charities stood for a photo op with Whirlpool employees near the entrance to the company’s Greenville plant. Supply Chain Lead Lisa Saylor, who helped organize the event, was on hand as well.
“We’ve been doing this for over ten years,” Saylor said of the annual Employee Golf Outing and other fundraisers. “This is the tenth year that we’ve tracked. Every year Whirlpool employees come together in order to help these local charities. It’s a great event, and we look forward to continuing it.”