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The employees of Fluor-Daniels got a jump start on the Christmas spirit, digging deep into their pockets so that 48 area families could have plenty of food for Thanksgiving and 76 children would have plenty of gifts come Dec. 25.
Amy McAlister, Rayna Partin and Sheila Chowning, employees of the contractor on site at Kentucky Utilities’ Ghent Power Station, said they and their fellow co-workers collected $16,500 for Carroll County families in need. They far exceeded their goal of $10,000.
They originally had shopped for 65 children, drawn from a pool of children in the county identified by social services agencies for the program. Once they had the final amount, they added 11 more.
“The employees are actually shopping for all these children,” said Leigh Ann Roberts, committee organizer, who works in the commonwealth attorney’s office.
On Tuesday, Nov. 25, Roberts and about 20 other volunteers were at the National Guard Armory in Carrollton to box up and distribute food delivered there by Fluor-Daniels employees.
The company has helped with local programs in the county, including working with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department on its Christmas party in conjunction with the Masonic Lodge.
This year, however, “they have gone well beyond our expectations,” Roberts said, adding tht most of the employees at Fluor-Daniels do not live in the area. “These are not local people.”
McAlister said they didn’t hold fund-raisers, but simply asked for donations.
Only 15 percent of Fluor-Daniels 322 employees live in the area. That means most of those who gave don’t know any of the people who will be receiving food or gifts because of their donations, McAlister added..
“We presented the idea to our employees and explained the need of the community, and they generously gave,” Partin said.